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The following may be found at your library, interlibrary loan, or bookstore. All items listed below were found in at least one US library catalog during research for the Memorial Day website, however libraries do weed their collections from time to time, this is no guarantee that every book listed below will always be found. has recently published books on Memorial Day and Vietnam Veterans Memorial .

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Books -- Prose and Poetry

TitleAn address at Johnson's Island in memory of the Confederate soldiers who while prisoners died, and are buried on the island. By Landon C. Bell.
AuthorBell, Landon Covington
PublishedColumbus, Ohio: NP, 1929

TitleAddress / by Geo. C.S. Southworth ; delivered before the citizens of West Springfield, and the delegates of the Grand Army of the Republic, on Decoration Day, May 30, 1870.
AuthorSouthworth, George Champlin Shepard
PublishedSpringfield, MA: Samuel Bowles & Company, printers, 1870

TitleAddress by Jasper T. Darling, delivered at Springfield, Illinois, on Memorial day, 1912, under auspices of the G.A.R. ...
AuthorDarling, Jasper Tucker
Publishedn.p., 1912

TitleAn address by Oliver Wendell Holmes : delivered on Memorial Day, May 30, 1895, at a meeting called by the graduating class of Harvard University
AuthorHolmes, Oliver Wendell
PublishedBoston : Little, Brown, and Company, 1895

TitleAddress delivered before Oakwood memorial association, Saturday, May 7, 1910
AuthorPollard, Henry Robinson
PublishedRichmond, VA: Whitter & Shepperson, printers, 1910

TitleAddress delivered before Philip H. Sheridan post, Grand army of the republic
AuthorSargent, Horace Binney
PublishedBoston: Press of Rockwell & Churchill, 1873

TitleAddress of President Coolidge at the memorial exercises, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, May 30, 1927.
AuthorCoolidge, Calvin
PublishedWashington, Govt. print. off., 1927

TitleAddress of President Coolidge at the memorial exercises, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, May 31, 1926.
AuthorCoolidge, Calvin
PublishedWashington, Govt. print. off., 1926

TitleAddress of the President of the United States on Memorial Day, May 30, 1921, at Arlington Cemetery
AuthorHarding, Warren G.
PublishedWashington, Govt. print. off., 1921

TitleCamp-fire, Memorial-day, and Other Poems
AuthorSherwood, Kate Brownlee
PublishedChicago: Jansen, McClurg & Company, 1885

TitleConfederate memorial address, delivered at Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, Va., May 19, 1887, by Baker P. Lee, on invitation of Pickett-Buchanan Camp.
AuthorLee, Baker P.
Publishedichmond, G. R. Tenser, 1887

TitleDead, yet living. An address delivered at Keene, N.H., Memorial day, May 30, 1884, by Hon. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. ...
AuthorHolmes, Oliver Wendell
PublishedBoston, Ginn, Heath, and Company, 1884

TitleDecoration Day. Address of William E. Chandler ... May 30, 1889, at Nashua, N.H., before John G. Foster Post No. 7, G.A.R.
AuthorChandler, William E.
PublishedConcord, N.H., Republican Press Association, 1889

TitleDecoration Day in Lockport : floral tributes to the honored dead : the day generally observed--impressive ceremonies at the cemeteries / oration by James F. Fitts
AuthorFitts, James Franklin
PublishedLockport, N.Y. : Post Donnelly No. 67, 1871

TitleThe deeds of our fathers : a Memorial Day address delivered in the Town House, Dover, Massachusetts, May 30, 1904 / by Frank Smith
AuthorSmith, Frank
Published[Dover?] MA: Printed by the Memorial Day Committee, 1904

TitleEight occasional addresses, by John W. Frost
AuthorFrost, John William
PublishedNew York, Printed for private distribution by Kennerly press, inc., 1941

Title George Gordon Meade; an address delivered by Colonel James C. Biddle, formerly aide-de-camp to Maj.-Gen. Meade, at Gen. Meade's statue, Fairmont Part, Philadelphia, on Memorial Day, May 30, 1888, under the auspices of Geo. G. Meade Post no. 1, G.A.R., Department of Pennsylvania.
AuthorBiddle, James Cornell
PublishedPhiladelphia [J. Beale, printer] 1888

TitleThe history and origin of Memorial Day in Waterloo, New York
AuthorWaterloo Memorial Day Centennial Committee
PublishedWaterloo: NP, 1966

TitleA history of the origin of memorial day as adopted by the Ladies' memorial association of Columbus, Ga., and presented to the Lizzie Rutherford chapter of the Daughters of the confederacy ...
AuthorUnited Daughters of the Confederacy. Georgia Division. Lizzie Rutherford Chapter, no. 60, Columbus.
PublishedColumbus, GA: T. Gilbert, 1898

TitleMany a way for Memorial day: a collection of recitations, quotations, words for familiar tunes, exercises, dialogues and plays, arranged with many helpful notes and suggestions, with the purpose of supplying teachers of the grades and of rural schools with modern and interesting material for use in Memorial day programs.
AuthorFaxon, Grace B., ed.
PublishedBoston: Walter H. Baker Co., 1926

TitleMemorial address by Hon. Philander C. Knox: on the battlefield of Gettysburg, May 30, 1908.
AuthorKnox, Philander Chase
PublishedNP: NP, 1908?

TitleMemorial address by William H. Thomas; delivered at Montgomery, Ala., April 26th, 1902, by invitation of Ladies' memorial association ...
AuthorThomas, William Holcombe
PublishedMontgomery, AL: Press Brown printing co., 1902.

TitleMemorial address delivered May 30, 1892, at Portsmouth, New Hampshire : before Storer Post No. 1, Grand Army of the Republic
AuthorHackett, Frank Warren
PublishedPortsmouth, N.H.: M. Goodrich, 1893

TitleMemorial Day
AuthorFrost, Helen
PublishedMN: Pebble Books, 2000

TitleMemorial Day
AuthorAnsary, Mir Tamim
PublishedIL: Heinemann Library, 1999

TitleMemorial Day
AuthorScott, Geoffrey
PicturesHanson, Peter E.
PublishedMN: Carolrhoda Books, 1983

TitleMemorial day adress. Address delivered by Hon. Moses E. Clapp, United States Senator from Minnesota, at the memorial exercises held at Gettysburg, Pa., on May 30, 1914
AuthorClapp, Moses Edwin
PublishedWashington [Govt. Print. Off.] 1914

TitleMemorial day address, by Franklin G. Fessenden, before Edwin E. Day Post, G. A. R., Greenfield, Mass., May 31th, 1915
AuthorFessenden, Franklin Goodridge
PublishedGreenfiled, Mass., Edwin E. Day Post, G. A. R., 1915

TitleMemorial day address, by Franklin G. Fessenden, before Edwin E. Day Post, G. A. R., Greenfield, Mass., May 30th, 1913
AuthorFessenden, Franklin Goodridge
PublishedGreenfield, Mass., Edwin E. Day Post, G. A. R., 1913

TitleMemorial day address, by Sumner Welles ... delivered at Arlington National Amphitheater, May 30, 1942
AuthorWelles, Sumner
PublishedDC: U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1942

TitleMemorial Day and Other Poems
AuthorBurton, Richard
PublishedBoston: Copeland and Day, 1897

TitleMemorial day (Decoration day) its celebration, spirit, and significance as related in prose and verse, with a non-sectional anthology of the civil war
AuthorSchauffler, Robert Haven, ed.
PublishedNY: Moffat, Yard and Co., 1911 (also published in 1926)

TitleMemorial Day, May 30 1870 : oration / by I.F. Shepard, at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Mo.
AuthorShepard, I. F.
PublishedSt. Louis : Missouri Democrat Book and Job Printing House, 1870

TitleMemorial Day, May 30, 1898; special union service of prayer for our country, our rulers, and for our Army and Navy. George D. Baker, pastor.
AuthorPhiladelphia. First Presbyterian Church
PublishedPhiladelphia: Press of H. B. Ashmead, 1898

TitleMemorial Day oration : delivered at the Grand Opera House, San Francisco : Wednesday evening, May 30, 1888 / by Charles A. Sumner.
AuthorSumner, Charles Allen
PublishedSan Francisco : James H. Barry, Printer, 1888

TitleMemorial day oration, May 30, 1913, delivered by James Shera Montgomery ... at Arlington Cemetery, Va. Printed by the Department of the Potomac, G.A.R.
AuthorMontgomery, James Shera
PublishedDC: G.R. Gray, printer, 1913

TitleMemorial Day: oration of Gen'l J. Warren Keifer, of Ohio: at Arlington National Cemetery: May 30th 1879
AuthorKeifer, Joseph Warren
PublishedDC: Gibson Brothers, Printers, 1879

TitleMemorial Day oration of William H. Lambert, at the National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., May 30th 1883
AuthorLambert, William Harrison
PublishedPhiladelphia: Grant, Faires & Rogers, printers, 1883.

TitleMemorial Day: Poems
AuthorRatti, John
PublishedNY: Viking Press, 1974

TitleMemorial lessons. A sermon preached at King's chapel, Boston, on Sunday, May 29th, 1870, with a list of the sons of the church who entered the service of the country. By Henry W. Foote ...
AuthorFoote, Henry Wilder
PublishedBoston, Barker, Cotter & co., printers, 1870

TitleMemorial sermon preached by invitation before the Department of the Potomac, Grand Army of the Republic ... By Rev. Frank M. Bristol ... at Metropolitan M.E. Church, Washington, D.C., Sunday evening, May 26, 1901.
AuthorBristol, Frank Milton
PublishedDC: Dept. of the Potomac, G.A.R., 1901

TitleThe ministry of war : a discourse spoken in the Unitarian Church of Keokuk, Iowa to the Grand Army Post : on Decoration Day, 1887
AuthorGunning, W. D.
PublishedKeokuk, Iowa?, 1887?

TitleThe more excellent sacrifice; memorial-day sermons, by Rev. John W. Sayers.
AuthorSayers, John W.
PublishedCincinnati, Jennings and Graham; New York, Eaton and Mains, [c1905]

TitleThe nation they died to save : an address delivered by Eugene G. Hay at Summit, N.J., May 30th, 1912 / Under the form of government created by the Constitution and the existing machinery for its administration, the people can control.
AuthorHay, Eugene Gano
PublishedN.J: N.P. 1912

TitleThe Old South: Addresses delivered before the Confederate Survivor's Association in Augusta, Georgia on the occasion of its ninth annual reunion of Memorial Day, April 26, 1887
AuthorGordon, John Brown
PublishedAugusta: Chronicle Pub Co., 1887.

TitleOration by his honor Albert Palmer, mayor of Boston, delivered before the Suffolk County Association of the Grand Army of the Republic : in Faneuil Hall on Decoration Day, May 30, 1883.
AuthorPalmer, Albert
PublishedBoston : Rockwell & Churchill, 1883

TitleOration delivered at Chalmette National Cemetary, New Orleans, May 30th, 1877
PublishedNew Orleans: By The Grand Army of The Republic, Geo. Ellis & Bro., Printers and Stationers, no. 82 Camp Street, 1877.

TitleOration of General John A. Logan ... delivered upon the occasion of the decoration of Union soldiers' graves, at the National Cemetary, Arlington, Va., on Memorial Day, May 30, 1870.
AuthorLogan, John Alexander
PublishedWashington, Office of the Grand Army Journal, 1870.

TitleOration of Hon. James A Garfield: delivered at Arlington, VA, May 30, 1868, on the occasion of strewing flowers on the graves of Union soldiers.
AuthorGarfield, James Abram
PublishedCleveland: Fairbanks, Benedict & Co, 1868.

TitleOration of Hon. Theodore S. Wilkinson, delivered at the celebration of Decoration Day, under the auspices of the Grand Army of the Republic, Department of the Gulf, at Chalmette Cemetery, near New Orleans, La., on May 31, 1887
AuthorWilkinson, Theodore Stark
PublishedNew Orleans: NP, 1887

TitleOur Holidays in Poetry
AuthorHarrington, Mildred Priscilla
PublishedNY: The H. W. Wilson company, 1935

TitleOur soldier-dead. An address on Decoration Day, Northville, May 30th, 1884, by George Duffield.
AuthorDuffield, George
PublishedDetroit? 1884?

TitlePlays for our American Holidays...
AuthorSchauffler, Robert Haven
PublishedNY: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1928

TitleThe proceedings on the evening of Decoration Day, May 30th, 1877, at the Academy of Music, city of Brooklyn, N.Y.
PublishedBrooklyn: Eagle Job and Book Printing, 1877

TitleRicordando gli eroi! Discorso per la ricorrenza del "Decoration day" tenuto addž 30 maggio 1917 sotto gli auspicii de Rev. Metello Galanti nella chiesa di S. Antonio di Padova in Tory, N. Y.
AuthorPalmieri, Aurelio
PublishedTroy, Italian printing, 1917

TitleThe stars and stripes: a manual of information concerning our nation flag, its origin, history, development through many original designs into our present beloved stars and stripe: and a supplemnet containing a brief history of the G.A.R. and of Memorial day
AuthorCowgill, Joseph Ewing
PublishedDavenport: NP, 1926

TitleTo aid the veteran organizations of the District of Columbia in their joint Memorial Day services at Arlington National Cemetery and other cemeteries on and preceding May 30. Hearings before subcommittee no. 2 of the Committee on Military Affairs, House of Representatives, Seventy-fourth Congress, Second session, on H. R. 10388. February 28, 1936.
AuthorUnited States. Congress. House. Committee on Military Affairs.
PublishedWashington: U.S. Govt. print. off., 1936.

TitleThe Union: a plea for reconciliation, being an address by Hon. Roger A. Pryor, delivered in the Academy of music, Brooklyn, N.Y. on Decoration day, May 30th, 1877.
AuthorPryor, Roger Atkinson
PublishedBrooklyn: Eagle job and book printing department, 1877.

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TitleDecoration day : second movement of A symphony, New England holidays
ComposerIves, Charles
PublishedNY : Peer International, 1989

TitleCommemoration folio : music for victory day, Armistice day, Memorial day, Thanksgiving day
ComposerHennefield, Norman
PublishedNY: The Liturgical Music Press, Inc., 1944

TitleDecision now! Program 69, Memorial Day. In memoriam
PublishedNY: NBC Radio-Recording Division, 1948.

TitleVision of War: Memorial Day speech / R.G. Ingersoll [ sound recording ]
AuthorIngersoll, Robert Green
PublishedCamden, N.J.: Victor, 1917

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