Memorial Day is a time to remember and celebrate the men and woman of our armed forces who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. First known as Decoration Day, the holiday originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees. It also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.
From those who lost their lives in the Revolutionary War to the men and women who have served more recently, the Fairfield Museum is proud to have collections relating to wartime and military service. Some of the highlights of the Museum’s collections include military uniforms and accoutrements, such as powder horns and canteens, arms and weapons from the mid-18th century to World War I, posters from both the first and second World Wars, flags, and “home front” records such as scrapbooks, photographs and ration books.