James G. Blaine and John Logan stand next to a grave as Whitelaw
Reid places a wreath labeled "To the Memory of Discord" on the
grave. The tombstone states, "To the Memory of Sectional Strife
Buried Nov. 4th 1884." Caption: This decoration day will give our
Blainiac friends a good opportunity to recognize an established
Memorial Day; Burial; Tombs; Sepulchral monuments; Memorial rites and ceremonies; Sectionalism (United States); Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886
The film opens with a brief shot of several unidentified men on
a boat before moving to scenes of American and French soldiers
placing a new fence around the grave of Quentin Roosevelt along
with a new headstone engraved in French. After a short break, the
film then shows scenes of mules, loaded with boxes of ammunition,
being driven along a trail, likely near Santiago, Cuba. About
12,000 mules were taken to Cuba and used primarily for transporting
immediate reserves of small-arms ammunition during the
Spanish-American War. Some of the men may be civilian mule skinners
hired by the Army to handle the pack mules.
Spanish-American War (1898); World War (1914-1918); Death and burial of a person; Memorial rites and ceremonies; Mules; Mules--War use; Mules--Transportation; Soldiers; Soldiers' bodies, Disposition of; Cuba; France; Roosevelt, Quentin, 1897-1918
Henry G. Thomas asks President Roosevelt for a contribution to be deposited with other "articles which will be of interest to future generations" in the cornerstone of a soldier's memorial currently under construction (Stowe, VT). The monument appears to honor soldiers from the American Civil War and Roosevelt is promised that any articles he deposits will not be read for many years to come.
American Civil War (1861-1865); Soldiers' monuments; Cornerstone laying; Memorial Day; Memorial rites and ceremonies; Vermont--Stowe
Henry G. Thomas asks President Roosevelt for a contribution to
be deposited with other "articles which will be of interest to future
generations" in the cornerstone of a soldier's memorial currently under
construction (Stowe, VT). The monument appears to honor soldiers from
the American Civil War and Roosevelt is promised that any articles he
deposits will not be read for many years to come.
American Civil War (1861-1865); Cornerstone laying; Soldiers' monuments; Memorial rites and ceremonies; Memorial Day; Vermont--Stowe; Grand Army of the Republic
King Albert of Belgium visits Theodore Roosevelt's grave in
Youngs Memorial Cemetery, Oyster Bay, and is accompanied by his son
Prince Leopold, Theodore Roosevelt Jr., and several dignitaries.
Identified in the film are Brand Whitlock, Ambassador to Belgium,
walking in the rear of the group, and a man who may be Joseph M.
Nye walking beside King Albert. Interior title states that King
Albert requested that no pictures be taken at the grave site. Film
contains only shots of the King's party walking from the grave and
of Theodore Roosevelt Jr., King Albert, and an unidentified man
sitting in an open car ready to depart.
Cemeteries; Death and burial of a person; Memorial rites and ceremonies; Royal visitors; New York (State)--Oyster Bay; Albert I, King of the Belgians, 1875-1934; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1887-1944; Whitlock, Brand, 1869-1934
The first part of the film is from October 27, 1919, when the
Roosevelt memorial flag, which has been carried across New York
State in Theodore Roosevelt's honor, is brought to rest at his
grave in Youngs Memorial Cemetery, Oyster Bay, New York. Shots from
different angles of the memorial flag as it is borne by young men
up the steep pathway to the grave site. Five girls sew the 48th and
final star on flag at what is probably Cove School in Oyster Bay
with group of children and Boy Scouts visible in background. Final
view is of children and adults on cemetery grounds.
The second part of the film contains views of Theodore
Roosevelt's funeral on January 8, 1919. New York City mounted
police lead the funeral procession past crowds lining snow-covered
roads. Roosevelt's casket is borne from the entrance of Christ
Episcopal Church with a flag-bearer behind, and Reverend George E.
Talmadge visible beside the hearse. William H. Taft is seen with
others at the cemetery grounds and the casket is carried up the
path, followed by Archibald Roosevelt in uniform and other family
members. The film closes with a shot of Vice-President Thomas R.
Marshall, official U.S. Government representative at the funeral,
and General Peyton Conway March, Army Chief of Staff, at what
appears to be a train station followed by a shot of Taft, assisted
by an unidentified man, walking down hill after ceremony at the
Death and burial of a person; Funeral rites and ceremonies; Memorial rites and ceremonies; New York (State)--Oyster Bay; March, Peyton Conway, 1864-1955; Marshall, Thomas R. (Thomas Riley), 1854-1925; Roosevelt, Archibald B. (Archibald Bulloch), 1894-1979; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930