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Civil War burial flag on display at Pennsylvania Military Museum

As part of the 150th anniversary commemoration of “Decoration Day,” a U.S. burial flag Elizabeth Myers made for her son’s coffin is on display this weekend at the Pennsylvania Military Museum’s 28th Infantry Division Shrine.
As part of the 150th anniversary commemoration of “Decoration Day,” a U.S. burial flag Elizabeth Myers made for her son’s coffin is on display this weekend at the Pennsylvania Military Museum’s 28th Infantry Division Shrine. CDT photo

Back in 1864, as the story goes, Emma Hunter, Sophie Keller and Elizabeth Myers placed fresh flowers on the Boalsburg graves of the war dead, and Memorial Day was born.

One of those decorated graves was that of Myers’ son, Amos, who was killed a year earlier in the Battle of Gettysburg.

As part of the 150th anniversary commemoration of “Decoration Day,” a U.S. burial flag Myers made for her son’s coffin is on display this weekend at the Pennsylvania Military Museum’s 28th Infantry Division Shrine.

The “First Memorial Day Flag” will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Monday.

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