Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday of May, honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
We extend our gratitude to all the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the country's armed forces and wish our patrons a peaceful and safe holiday.
Photograph from the collections of the Ohio County Public Library Archives. Donated by the Wheeling Area Genealogical Society (WAGS).
— Read more about the origins of Memorial Day and observations in Wheeling at our history blog, Archiving Wheeling.
While the Library will be closed on Memorial Day, access is always available to many library services remotely. With an internet connection, you can enjoy online services from anywhere. Browse and borrow downloadable books, audiobooks, and videos from the West Virginia Downloadable Entertainment Library Initiative (wvdeli.overdrive.com), Hoopla (hoopladigital.com), and the rbDigital Gateway.
E-books available through WV Deli and Hoopla about Memorial Day and Military Memorials:
All it takes to log in is your library card number and PIN and you are ready to start downloading or streaming to your tablet, smartphone, anytime, anywhere.
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