Visitor Experience

FREE! A Project for All Things Memorial Day

For some, Memorial Day means somber commemoration. For others, it takes a lighter tone, signaling the start of summer and a three day weekend. As the meaning of the holiday evolves, so does the way people reflect on its meaning.

FREE! is a project that explores the individual significance of Memorial Day. Visitors were provided with material to make wearable buttons–from an assortment of Memorial-Day-related imagery–and then asked to write briefly about their reflections. The project provided them with a visual way to reflect – a moment of commemoration that could be worn or carried with them where ever they went. Participants' stories were collected and bound into a book.