Photos from the New Holland Area Historical Society and Kirk Neidermyer Photography

In Rememberance

New Holland’s 100th Annual Pilgrimage highlights band’s Memorial Day events


Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, was first observed on May 30, 1868; when flowers were placed at the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Since 1922, New Holland has made it the mission of the annual Memorial Day Pilgrimage to honor military veterans who served the country, paying tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy the liberties and freedoms that make living in the USA so special.


Throughout its existence, The New Holland Band has played a role in patriotic events and ceremonies. From its contributions during the Civil War through World War II-Era events/concerts and beyond; the band has a long history of "bringing music to life" in hopes of boosting the American spirit.


The band looks to continue this tradition as it prepares to participate in the 100th Annual New Holland Memorial Day Pilgrimage and the Churchtown Memorial Day Observance.


At 6:30 AM, members of The New Holland Band will join the New Holland United Veterans Council at the New Holland American Legion to begin a journey to 13 cemeteries across Eastern Lancaster County. Upon arrival to each cemetery, the band will provide ceremonial music and one trumpeter will perform Taps following a 21-Gun Salute at the grave of the service member being recognized. The group will arrive at the first cemetery at 7:00 AM, and conclude the commemoration at the New Holland Memorial Community Park.


At 6:15 PM, the band will visit Churchtown for the annual Churchtown Memorial Day Observance. A concert comprised of members from The New Holland Band and students from the ELANCO School District Elementary Spartan Band will be held at the Caernarvon Township Fire Hall. Following the performance will be a parade down Main Street and 3 cemetery visits (including a guest speaker at the last cemetery).


We hope you will take time out of your Memorial Day schedule this year and join us in remembrance of the sacrifices many have made for our freedom.



100th Annual New Holland Memorial Day Pilgrimage

Date: Monday May 30, 2022

Time: 6:30 AM (starts at the New Holland American Legion)

Location: Click Here for Schedule



Churchtown Memorial Day Observance

Date: Monday May 30, 2022

Time: 6:15 PM

Click Here for Directions



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