On Tuesday, October 1st, 1889, the schools of Derry were closed for the afternoon, allowing the scholars and teachers to attend the dedication of this new Soldiers' Monument at 2 o'clock. The N.H. G.A.R. was in charge of the ceremony, with numerous local Posts attending the event. They included Derry's Upton Post, No. 45; Wesley B. Knight Post, No. 41, of Derry Depot and Londonderry; Gilman E. Sleeper Post, No. 60, of Salem; Bell, No. 74, of Chester; H. C. Little, No. 33, Hampstead. The Relief Corps No. 19, of Derry and No. 54 of Derry Depot and Londonderry also attended, as well as the Charles Francis Adams Camp, Sons of Veterans, of Derry.
- The Derry News, 20 Sept (pg 1) and 4 Oct 1889 (pgs 1, 5)
Photos taken June 2019 (see Gilman Sleeper page for event info)