Memorial Day activities

Memorial Day is set aside as a day of commemoration for all those who have given their lives in service to the United States throughout its history. Memorial Day has been observed, in some form, since the 1860s and the end of the Civil War.  Flags will fly at half mast, flags are placed at the graves of servicemembers, and many towns host parades or other gatherings of veterans. It can be a solemn occasion for remembering those who have died in military service, but it can also be an opportunity to learn more about American history and gather with friends and family.

Check out a few activities in the area where you can learn about local military history and enjoy some time outdoors:

If you’re in Princeton, see the parade and ceremony at Monument Hall on Saturday, May 26 and then take a Memorials Walking Tour (sign-up required) with the Historical Society of Princeton to learn about monuments throughout town from different eras.

At the Princeton Battlefield State Park, the Princeton Battlefield Society is hosting a day-long series of living history events related to the Battle of Princeton.

Washington Crossing Historic Park is holding its annual observance of the day with a colonial color guard, reenactors, and a variety of other activities.

And if you want to learn more about the history of U.S. military conflicts, our collection can help:


Featured image courtesy of fauxto_digit on Flickr

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