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GAR HallGAR Hall Trustees

2012 Annual Report

This was an eventful year for the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall. As we approach the 125th Anniversary of the Hall, preparations have begun for a Town Wide celebration. Our Hall is one of only 6 remaining Civil War Memorial Halls in the Commonwealth, thus the continuing maintenance of this historical building is a worthy mission.

Again this year, The G.A.R. Memorial Hall served as the venue for the annual Hingham High School Sophomore History Day. Close to 300 students listened intently as they were presented with experiences from Veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq. A special thank you goes to the Hingham School Board, Superintendent, and the History Department, for allowing us the opportunity to help in the education of our students. The many improvements and expansion of military items in the Hall has encouraged our Citizens to continue to donate personal and family memorabilia. Deeds of gift can be generated for any citizen who would like to showcase their family military history. We would also like to thank local businesses for their kind donations of mannequins that allow us to display uniforms from the last century. Some of our newer additions to our collection include an American Legion Dress Blue Uniform from The Bacon Estate. This uniform was worn by Joseph A. Bacon, a WWI veteran, who signed the original American Legion Charter in 1920. Two swords, one from the Civil War and another that is a ceremonial artifact from the National Commander in Chief of the G.A.R. Hall, were donated by the Wilmon and Katherine Brewer Estate. They both belonged to General Wilmon W. Blackmar, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor at the Battle of Five Forks Virginia on April 1, 1865. Senior Chief Chester E. Urbati, Jr. a Navy Seabee, donated his dinner dress blue uniform complete with ribbons, medals, awards. He has retired with over 40 years of service. Finally, the Hall continues to be the meeting place for Veterans of the American Legion, Major Edward Ball Cole Post #120, Veterans of Foreign Wars, William R. Cutler Post #6053, Bare Cove Sail and Power Boat Squadron, The Hingham Militia.

The Department wishes to thank the Board of Selectmen, the Town Administrator, the Town Accountant, Town committee members and all the Town's citizens who have provided such strong support to our veterans and their dependents throughout the year.


Respectfully submitted,
The Trustees of G.A.R. Memorial Hall
Scott McMillan, Chair
Keith Jermyn
Robert Beal, Jr.
Ernest Sofis, Historian



(Appt. By Selectmen,ART 40, ATM 1944)

Term Expires

Keith Jermyn


Robert Beal, Jr.


Scott McMillan