Memorial Day


Fairview Cemetery

Decoration Day, on Tuesday, May 30th, though uncomfortably hot, was celebrated by the citizens of Matteawan and Fishkill Landing, who showed their patriotism and appreciation of the service rendered by the soldiers in putting down the great rebellion. The band from Newburgh arrived, accompanied by a delegation from Post Ellis of that city. They were met by the Denning Guards and Excelsior Fire Company No. 1, and marched to Matteawan, where they were received by a delegation from Post Howland, No. 48, G.A.R., and Protection Fire Company, No 3 of Matteawan.

The procession went to the Catholic Cemetery (Old St. Joachim’s) and then to the Protestant Episcopal Cemetery (St. Luke’s) and “beautiful flowers were strewn upon the graves”. Fishkill Standard, 1871

This was the first Memorial Day in what is now the City of Beacon, organized by the newly formed Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.).

This week Boy Scout Troops 41 and 1, Cub Scout Pack 3001, and the Beacon Historical Society placed flags on the graves of veterans buried in Beacon’s Cemeteries.

On Monday, May 30th, at 10:00 Beacon will hold it’s annual Memorial Day Parade on Main Street organized by American Legion Post 203.

William Wilson, first Beacon soldier killed in World War I

Old St. Joachim’s Cemetery – Grave of William Wilson

Troop 41 Boy Scout places flag on grave of Roman Norris, a Civil War soldier buried at the Methodist Cemetery



A Cub Scout places a flag on the grave of Theodore Norris, a Civil War veteran buried in the Methodist Cemetery

St. Joachim – St. John Cemetery


Fairview Cemetery – Soldier’s and Sailors’ Monument

St. Joachim-St. John Cemetery

St. Luke’s Cemetery – Spanish American War veteran

St. Luke’s Cemetery – Civil War soldier


St. Luke’s Cemetery – Daniel Annan, M.D. – War of 1812

Spencer DeFreese – Civil War veteran – African American Cemetery

Cemetery Committee, Beacon Historical Society at Old St. Joachim’s Cemetery


Join Us in Preserving our Cemeteries

Beacon Cemetery brochures are now available at the Howland Cultural Center and the Beacon Welcome Center.

Cemetery Trail 001

The Cemetery Committee will soon start several projects to restore and preserve our cemeteries. If you are interested in helping join us at our next meeting:

Thursday, June 27, 2013
6:30 p.m.
Howland Public Library
313 Main Street, Beacon

If you cannot attend the meeting, but would like to help, please complete this form: