History: What Holiday Are They Honoring?

Early picture snapped in Port Jefferson depicts people honoring what upcoming holiday?

Taken during the early 20th century by famous local photographer, Arthur S. Greene, this postcard depicts Civil War veterans, Lewis O. Conklin Post 627, Grand Army of the Republic, posing somwhere in Port Jefferson.

Can you say where they are and what upcoming holiday they are gathered together for? Extra points for the original name of the holiday and not just what it's known as in modern times.

Put your guesses in the comments below.

Lynellen Nieslen May 17, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Armistice Day, now known as Veteran's Day? No idea where they are.
Lon Cohen May 17, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Hard to tell where they are from the picture but I wonder if anyone out there would venture to guess.
Chuck May 17, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Eileen Daly got it right...Decoration Day, now Memorial Day. I'm guessing the photo was taken at or near the entrance to Cedar Hill Cemetery. Bestclues would be whatever structure is partially shown on left edge of photo, and types of trees growing in the background..... hard to tell from this picture.
Lon Cohen May 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM
You're right. it was taken at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Lon Cohen May 17, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Great job, Eileen! It was Decoration Day (Memorial Day.)


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