"Remember Paoli!"

"Remember Paoli!" (HM8US)

Location: Malvern, PA 19355 Chester County
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N 40° 1.785', W 75° 31.136'

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During the early 1800's the cry "Remember Paoli!" stirred the hearts of listeners with personal memories of the harsh realities of war and lost loved ones. There was still an abiding desire to gather together on the anniversary of that memorable battle. The Paoli Grounds became the sacred gathering place to remember.

The Grounds also hosted three day encampments to train and drill troops should they be called to battle. In the 1840's in preparation for the Mexican War, there was a calling to all volunteer corps of the state. During the late 1850's in the growing hostilities preceding the Civil War there was a request signed at the close of the annual parade to appoint the Grounds a Camp of Instruction at Paoli for all of eastern Pennsylvania. During the 1860's the sterner realities of war broke up the ceremonies and the Grounds fell into disrepair.

In 1869 three citizen soldiers were appointed by the court to take charge of the Paoli Parade Ground. There were no longer any volunteer organizations in the county and the land was still deeded solely to the military. These men began the work of raising funds to restore the monument and the grounds to their former glory and keep the memory of those slain soldiers alive. This group evolved over the years to become known as the Paoli Monument Committee - Committee of Minutemen (today, the Paoli Memorial Association). On September 20, 1877 there was a centennial celebration on these sacred grounds. A new monument, the 1877 (Centennial) Monument, was dedicated on this site that year and September 20 was restored as a day of remembrance for those soldiers who bled and died here. The Grounds were again a place pf honor, and once again people gathered to "Remember Paoli!".

Additional monuments have been dedicated at the Parade Grounds to honor the veterans of World War I (The Great War) and World War II.
HM NumberHM8US
Placed ByPaoli Memorial Association
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 7:12pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 455723 N 4431188
Decimal Degrees40.02975000, -75.51893333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 1.785', W 75° 31.136'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 1' 47.10" N, 75° 31' 8.16" W
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Area Code(s)215, 484, 610
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 150-198 Wayne Ave, Malvern PA 19355, US
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