Memorial Day parade

Another Memorial Day is upon us.  Here are a few photos from the Local History Room collections which provide a glimpse of one of Kingston’s Memorial Day parades sometime before 1961.*

Sailors from the U.S.S. Des Moines march on Main Street
Sailors from the U.S.S. Des Moines march on Main Street
Majorettes on Main Street
Majorettes on Main Street
Solemn moment on the Training Green
Solemn moment on the Training Green

 

*This date is based on a flag carried by the color guard, which reads “U.S.S. Des Moines.” This heavy cruiser was launched in 1946 and decommissioned in 1961.

 

Source: LHR General Image Collection IC7

 

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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