8th Annual Commemoration Day
May 24, 2008
Commemoration Day, 2008, St.
John’s Historic Cemetery
Saturday, May 24, 2008, 10:00 AM
u Theme 1876—Founding
of St. John's Cemetery—in Boomtown Pensacola!
On Saturday, May 24, 2008, at 10:00AM, Friends of St.
John’s Historic Cemetery celebrated its
eighth annual Commemoration Day. The years of the late 1800's in Pensacola was an era of growth,
prosperity and expanding ventures in lumbering, shipping, fishing, real estate
and building! Pensacola Bay was filled with sailing ships! Business was booming!
A new cemetery was needed to accommodate the city’s growth and the graves of
former civic leaders, teachers, professionals and everyman. Today, gravestones
at St. John’s History Cemetery relate many fascinating tales—to those who want
to learn more about Pensacola’s story.
Ted Nickinson Welcome
Father Jack Gray Opening prayer
Linda Gray The National Anthem
Boy Scout Troop 495, sponsored by First United
Methodist Church, Presentation of the Colors and Pledge of Allegiance
Jack Fleming Announcements and Introductions
Melodious Male 90's Quartette—from
the famous Rotary Rooters
John Appleyard The thriving port of Pensacola circa
1876 and Historian related enterprises. Leaders interred in SJHC
Randall Broxton Education, politics, and building in
the late 1800’s Historian, PJC Leaders interred in SJHC
Charles Green The beginnings of St. John’s
Cemetery,1876, President, St. John’s Cemetery Company
Ted Nickinson Closing Remarks
Father Jack Gray Closing prayer
Boy Scout Troop 495 Retirement of the Colors
Linda Gray, Quartette and Audience Sing “God Bless
We invited attendees to dress in late 1800's attire. (optional !)
We asked individuals and /or groups to display materials from the
late 1800’s era— scrapbooks; pictures; memorabilia; models of sailing ships,
sawmills, etc. There was music with a '90's flavor.
Images courtesy Dr. Jack Fleming