Memorial Day happened on Monday, the 28th of May. We have no shortage of military personal in Palmyra and vicinity, whether past or present.
Our Historic Palmyra’s Historical Museum offers three military rooms and military reference throughout the museum. We have our Civil War Room, including 1812 and Revolutionary War with displays of Gettysburg. Just down the hall, see our World War I, World War II, Korean conflict and Vietnam conflict. On the east side of the museum is our Spanish-American War area featuring Adm. William T. Sampson, born and raised in Palmyra.
After the Memorial Day parade, everyone headed to the village of Palmyra Cemetery to remember all those heroes that came from our area.
Our museums are full of new exhibits and prepared with some amazing items. We have expanded our Erie Canal Depot, opening two additional rooms, adding a new diorama of the Gallup Bridge, completing the diorama of Lock 60. Someday, take a stroll down the Erie Canal along the north and south sides or the old Erie and see the remnants of them both. Let’s just say, stop and smell the roses, or know your surroundings and take note of everything that is around you. You will be seeing through modern eyes the items that happened 200 years ago.
This year there is also another anniversary, which is the end of WWI and the flu epidemic. In 1918, 100 years ago, the war ended and the flu epidemic was in full force. Between the war and the flu, millions of people died. History is an amazing part of how we lived, what happened and how we grew and changed.
Remember the Heritage Weekend is coming up on June 7 and 9, and the ice cream social is June 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Our days are Tuesdays-Saturdays, hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and your tour will begin at the Palmyra Historical Museum, 132 Market St. Call (315) 597-6981 for additional information and to set up your ghost hunt.