May 30,1921: First Memorial Day Celebration in Winston-Salem


On this day in 1921, Winston-Salem celebrated its first community-wide Memorial Day observance.

The festivities included a parade, a tribute to soldiers buried at Salem Cemetery, and the presentation at the courthouse of a memorial tablet listing names of local soldiers who died in World War I.

The memorial tablet lists 69 men.  It was erected by the Women’s Club of Winston-Salem and the Clyde Bolling Post No. 55 of the American Legion.

The above photo shows the memorial tablet.

Photo courtesy of Forsyth County Public Library Photograph Collection.

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