Memorial Day

The Kingsport Public Library will be closed Sunday, May 30 and Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day.

National Guard, 1950. Photo by David Peirce.

“Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the American military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.” From

A window display at Fuller-Hillman for the American Legion's Poppy Day, 1962. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr.

The red Buddy Poppy has been an official emblem for the VFW since 1924. The color represents the blood shed on battlefields. The VFW sells Buddy Poppies every year around memorial day to raise money for veterans. A symbol of remembrance, the Buddy Poppy is also a way to honor the dead by helping the living.

A display for the upcoming Poppy Day, 1963. Photo by David Peirce.


One thought on “Memorial Day

  1. Thanks for posting that poem. I hadn’t read it lately. Have a blessed Memorial Day. I’m going to fly my flag!

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