Exploring Memorial Day

Want to Learn More?  You can use these online resources and books to learn more about Memorial Day, hear stories from veterans, and use the interactive map to see where you can find memorials in Medford.   Have a question or looking for more resources, please email one of the district librarians:  Maria D’Orsi (9-12) @; Kris Johnson (K-8); Holly Lannen (K-5)

Online Resources:

Why do we celebrate Memorial Day?

You asked, we answered: Why do we celebrate Memorial Day?

History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day – Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs

Veterans’ Squares, Plaques, and Monuments in Medford (Interactive Map)

Veterans’ Stories:  The Veterans History Project

Collection of recorded stories from U.S. military veterans.

Veterans History Project

Experiencing War – Stories from WWII Military Veterans

End of World War II: 75th Anniversary (Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress)

Exploring History:  World War I

World War I

United We Stand Campaign:  World War II

July 1942: United We Stand: Introduction

The Story of TAPs

Folding the Flag

Correct Method of Folding the United States Flag 

Finding Service Records

Finding Service Records (Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress) 

Military History Centers

Military History Centers (Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)

Books and Stories:

All of these books can be found as ebooks or audiobooks.  Use your public library card to sign into the Minuteman Library Network.  Once you are signed in, you can also access several other library networks in Massachusetts by using the pull-down menu called “Partner Libraries” in the digital collection.  The library network where the book can be found is listed in parentheses. 

Middle and High School

Fallen Angels  Walter Dean Myers (Minuteman Library Network)

Sunrise over Fallujah  Walter Dean Myers (Minuteman Library Network)

In Harm’s Way: JFK, World War II, and the Heroic Rescue of PT-10  Iain Martin (CW Mars Network)

Choosing Courage Peter Collier (Minuteman Library Network)

Ski Soldier Louise Borden (Minuteman Library Network)

Warhorse Michael Morpurgo (Minuteman Library Network)

Cracker Cynthia Kadohata (Minuteman Library Network)

Code Talker Joseph Bruchac (Minuteman Library Network)

Unbroken: Young Adult Version Laura Hillenbrand (Minuteman Library Network)

Jump into the Sky Shelley Pearsall  (Minuteman Library Network)

On the Wings of Heroes Richard Peck  (Minuteman Library Network)


Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters Andrea Beaty  (Minuteman Library Network)

Rolling Thunder Kate Messner  (Minuteman Library Network)

The Wall Eve Bunting  (Minuteman Library Network)

Rosie: Stronger than Steel Lyndsay Ward  (Minuteman Library Network)

Magic Tree House:  World War II Mary Pope Osborne  (Minuteman Library Network)

Magic Tree House:  Danger in the Darkest Hour Mary Pope Osborne (Minuteman Library Network)

Raid of No Return Nathan Hale (Minuteman Library Network)

I Survived: The Battle of D-Day 1944  Lauren Tarshis (Minuteman Library Network)

I Survived:  The Bombing of Pearl Harbor 1941 Lauren Tarshis (Minuteman Library Network)

Please note that due to the content of the some of the material, these resources are intended for parents and guardians to use with their children.

Visit the MPS School Library websites for online resources:

PreK-8 Virtual Library Site

MPS K-8 Virtual Library

MHS/MVTHS Libguide Site

Ask the Librarian

If you are looking for a book or resources, please contact the district Librarians:

Maria D’Orsi (9-12) @

Kristina Johnson (K-8)

Holly Lannen (K-5)

Source: Medford Public Schools,

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