PHOTO: Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day.

It may also be the unofficial start of summer. It may also signal the start of grilling season.

But most importantly it is Memorial Day. Take time to honor and remember those that gave their lives in defense of their country.

SCHS Photo of the Week
World War I Monument, Riverhead, NY, 1920.

Donated by the people of Riverhead Town, the solid granite block with bronze plaque made by J.W. Friske Iron Co. of New York contains the names of the 306 young men from Riverhead who served in World War I. The memorial was erected in 1920 in front of the first home of the Suffolk County Historical Society building at the northwest corner of Main Street and Griffing Avenue. It was dedicated by Col. Theodore Roosevelt of Oyster Bay on Memorial Day 1920. Today the monument stands at the corner of the SCHS’s Great Lawn at Main and Court streets. [Image from the SCHS Postcard Collection.]

The Suffolk County Historical Society’s Photo of the Week is created by our librarian, Wendy Polhemus-Annibell, using historic materials from our local history library’s extensive and varied archives. SCHS Photoof the Week is available by subscription only. Please email to subscribe.
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