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Sons of Veterans prepared for parade in 1898
Sons of Veterans prepared for Salisbury Memorial Day Parade, May 30, 1898.

Salisbury Memorial Day Parade

The annual parade held in Salisbury on Memorial Day, originally Decoration Day, was officially instituted in 1889 to commemorate the town's staggering casualties in the Civil War. The town's long history of patriotism is reflected in the ceremonies, which include the installation of official bronze markers at the graves of veterans of the eight wars in which Salisbury men have served. The Memorial Day observance and its historical evolution is documented in two binders of text and photographs, including archival materials, and in a videotape of the 1999 parade.

Originally submitted by: Nancy Johnson, Representative (6th District).

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