Saturday, May 26, 2018

Memorial Day parade on Smith Street. Micanopy, Florida (circa 1918).

This photonegative comes from the State of Florida Archives, Florida Memory Collection. Micanopy is located south of Gainesville.

From Wikipedia on the origins of Memorial Day:

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans — established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.