- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

WASHINGTON, N.H. (AP) - The town of Washington is hosting its own celebration marking the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

The program on Sunday will feature original memorial poems, a reading of the Gettysburg address, a singing of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and children ringing the steeple bell at the 1787 Meetinghouse. Also planned is a picnic lunch on the town common, a free ice cream social and a concert of Civil War-era music by the East Bay Jazz Band.

“This should be one of the most uplifting events yet for this town already rich in U.S. history,” said Guy Eaton, chair of the event.

Washington was settled in 1768 and on Dec. 13, 1776 was incorporated as a town, taking the name of a soon-to-be-famous southern general. It was a dozen years before George Washington’s first inauguration.

The town has a Civil War memorial dedicated on Sept. 13, 1867, in the town square. The obelisk has the inscription, “Erected in memory of those brave soldiers of Washington who gave their lives in defence of their country, during the Great Rebellion.”

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