More on Memorial Day

In April 2009, Town Meeting approved spending from the Elizabeth B. Sampson Memorial Fund for a number of projects, including one specific to this holiday weekend.  Kingston’s Veterans Agent received $5,000 from the Sampson Fund for “memorial stones and flags at veteran’s graves in local cemeteries,” continuing local observance of a custom that dates back at least 140 years.

Grand Army of the Republic, Martha Sever Post No. 154 marching, circa 1914

Grand Army of the Republic, Martha Sever Post No. 154 marching, circa 1914

This photograph show the Kingston post of the G.A.R. — veterans of the Civil war and their sons — marching on Memorial Day.  At the rear of the group, Lemuel Ford carries a bunch of small flags to be placed in the grave-marker or standards of the deceased comrades.  The photo is undated but must have been taken no later than 1914, as Mr. Ford died in April of 1915.

The 2001 snapshot below shows the Civil War Soldiers Monument, which was placed on the Training Green and dedicated in 1883, with flags in place.  Be sure to take a moment on Monday to remember the sacrifices of America’s veterans.

Civil War Soldiers Monument with flags, 2001

Civil War Soldiers Monument with flags, 2001

Sources: Emily Fuller Drew lantern slide cardfile; Kingston Reporter April 10, 2009

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One Response to More on Memorial Day

  1. Martha Hale Abshear says:

    I’m interested in learning about Martha Sever who served as a nurse in the Civil War. Is she buried in Kingston ? Is there any information on her life at your library ? I was named for her and am interested in learning more about her . Thanks for any help you can provide. MHA

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