The original Memorial Day Historians and others know that Americans first celebrated "Decoration Day" - the day to visit and adorn grave sites - on May 30, regardless of the day of the week on which it fell.
Back in time? The Columbian Club, one of Boise's oldest service organizations, is partnering with Boise Parks & Recreation and the East End Neighborhood Association to observe Decoration Day from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday at Pioneer Cemetery, 460 E. Warm Springs Ave. Pioneer is the oldest cemetery in continuous use in Boise.
Open to the public Festivities include tours of many of the cemetery's notable graves and stories about Boise's earliest residents. Ice cream, lemonade, nostalgic postcards, flowers for graves and materials to make gravestone rubbings will be available for purchase. Also note, "In Treble Again," a Sweet Adeline quartet, performs live at 5:30 p.m.
Helping a good cause Proceeds and donations will go to the parks department for its Pioneer Cemetery Trust Fund.
See photos of the event online Friday at IdahoStatesman.com, then read more in Saturday's edition of the Statesman.