New exhibit: Memorial Day

Memorial Day parade leaving Evergreen Cemetery, 1946
Memorial Day parade leaving Evergreen Cemetery, 1946

This month’s exhibit highlights photographs, programs and other documents from Kingston’s Memorial Day celebrations.

Originally called Decoration Day, the holiday originated during the Civil War and spread across the country by the end of the 19th century.  After the First World War, Memorial Day expanded to honor the memory of all whose lives were sacrificed in war.

For more information on the history of this solemn holiday, look here and here.  To see how Kingston has celebrated the day, stop by the Library!

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One thought on “New exhibit: Memorial Day

  1. I think I said this on Veterans Day — sometimes I remember to be grateful for all the soldiers who gave up their time at home, or even gave up their lives, so the rest of us could be safe in our own homes. I didn’t understand the value of commemorative days like Memorial Day and Veterans Day when I was growing up, but now I do. They remind us of the price others have paid for our freedoms.

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