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Visit Boalsburg, The Birthplace Of Memorial Day

A Tradition of Honor Since 1864

BOALSBURG, Pa. — During the Civil War, Emma Hunter, Sophie Keller, and Elizabeth Myers of Boalsburg all lost loved ones serving in the Boalsburg Regiment. In October of 1864, to honor the fallen men, they picked flowers and placed them in the cemetery.

The townspeople learned about what the women had done and also decided to join them in honoring the fallen by decorating the graves of the other soldiers of Boalsburg. So each year since then, the townspeople gather in the town square and process to the cemetery to decorate the graves and honor the brave men and women who gave their lives for our country. 

The folks of Boalsburg take great pride in this tradition. Boalsburg commemorates Memorial Day with a weekend community celebration which includes the traditional procession from the town square to the cemetery for the service.

Boalsburg is an unincorporated community in Harris Township in Center County. It is part of State College.

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