Today, the Library joins the rest of the US in saluting the country’s veterans. Above are three photos from the Library’s collections depicting vets: one shows disabled veterans putting together poppies in 1947, another shows 93-year-old Civil War vet L.A. Wilcox explaining his medals to a young girl at the 1940 World’s Fair, and a third shows three veterans of WWI - including Brooklyn boy Harry Bauman, who wore two artificial limbs as a result of battle injuries - also at the 1940 World’s Fair. In addition to the images, the Library also has audio from the NYC Veterans Oral History Project, a community-based project supported by volunteer interviewers who record the personal accounts of American war veterans in neighborhoods around the city so that future generations may understand an important part of history from the people who lived it. So check it all out, and salute these brave men and women.
Just a reminder - NYPL branches are closed today to mark the holiday, but will be open again tomorrow.