November 25th, 2017

Georgia Branch Annual Meeting

The Georgia Branch will hold its Annual Meeting on February 17, 2018.  Reservations are required and details will be included in the next issue of The Pilgrim Bond.  Contact Governor Robin Towns for more information.

Georgia Branch Meeting

The September meeting will be held at the Idle Hour Country Club in Macon to coincide with other society meetings.  Details will be included in the next newsletter.


Virginia Branch Meeting

Virginia Branch Meeting

110th General Court

Governor General Michael Swisher and the NSSDP Officers General
cordially invite all members and their guests to the
110th General Court of the
National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims
Monday, 16 April 2018
The University Club;
1135 16th Street NW; Washington, DC 20036

The University Club


Texas Branch Meeting


Program: Roanoke – the Lost Colony
Presenter: Kelvin Meyers

Texas Branch Meeting


Program: WASPs Women in the Army
Presenter: Muffet Frische

Virginia South Branch Meeting

Meeting time & place:  TBA

Louisiana Branch Meeting

Lexington Country Club

Combined Luncheon and Meeting
More information TBA

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.

Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).

It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363). This helped ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays, though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19th in Texas; April 26th in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10th in South Carolina; and June 3rd (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.