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Welcome To Our Website

The Greater Patchogue Historical Society is pleased to welcome you to our website. This website is here to inform others about things happening in Patchogue, especially those of historical significance. You will also be able to find information concerning the society such as "How to become a member", Meetings, and Special Events. Our goal is to keep Patchogue's past alive for future generations to enjoy. Enjoy the website and feel free to send us your comments.


May Meeting - 1964/65 New York World's Fair 

Thurs. - May 21 - 7:00 pm at the Patchogue-Medford Library

Brian Addonisio returns with his extensive collection of World's Fair memorabilia and will give a presentation on the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. Join us for a fun look back during this anniversary year of the New York World's Fair.


We welcome all to our meetings, you do not have to be a member of the Historical Society.Our goal is to educate and inform and preserve history!  Join us. 

In Flanders Fields
John McCrae, 1872-1918 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields. 

"In Flanders Fields" is a war poem written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres. According to legend, fellow soldiers retrieved the poem after McCrae, initially dissatisfied with his work, discarded it. "In Flanders Fields" was first published on December 8 of that year in the London-based magazine Punch. 


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