Memorial Day Facts and Things To Remember
Ahhh Memorial Day. That long weekend where we pay respect to those who served in our country’s armed forces. It is a significant holiday that deserves special attention.Below are some interesting facts about #MemorialDay. Enjoy
- Memorial Day used to be known as Decoration Day, due to the graves that were decorated with flowers, wreaths, and flags during that weekend
- Schools, Post Office, most Banks and other businesses are closed on Memorial Day. This day is known as the official start of the summer season
- By the late 1860s, Americans were hosting tributes to the soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers and flags. It gradually came to be known as Memorial Day
- It is essential to know that it is not the same as Veteran’s Day. Veteran’s Day is a day to honor the men and women who served in the US armed forces
- The National Memorial Day Concert is held every year on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and televised on PBS
- In 1966, Congress recognized Waterloo as the birthplace of Memorial Day
- In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May, to create a three-day weekend for federal employees. It’s important to remember that Memorial Day didn’t become an official national holiday until 1971
- President Ronald Reagan is credited with reviving the practice of honoring Memorial Day
- One of the traditions is to let your flag fly until noon, then raise it to the top of the staff until sunset
- For more than 50 years, this weekend was used to show respect to those killed only in the Civil War. After WWI, this tradition was expanded to include those killed in all wars
- Since 2000, Americans are encouraged to pause for a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 pm. This is because President Bill Clinton signed the National Moment of Remembrance Act in 2000
- There are many great ways you can celebrate Memorial Day, such as camping, watch fireworks, have a picnic or a Memorial 5K
- In France, they celebrate the weekend as Armistice Day, with ceremonies, church services, and adornments.
- The President requests that all governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico direct the flag to be flown at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels
- U.S. Air Force Col. George “Bud” Day, served in World War II and Korea and is the only person to be awarded the Medal of Honor and the Air Force Cross
- Going the distance: on Memorial Day, almost 40 million Americans travel more than 50 miles
- Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery with a ceremony in which an American flag is placed on each grave. Traditionally, the President or Vice President lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. About 5,000 people attend the ceremony annually
- There’s a popular tradition to wear red poppies during this weekend. It originated from a poem called “In Flanders Field” written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae in 1915
- A number of organizations observe this moment: Amtrak, Major League Baseball, an NASCA
- Bikers celebrate by having an event called “Rolling Thunder Run”
- Over 53% of people grill on Memorial Day, which is considered the second most popular holiday after the Fourth of July.
My team and I wish you a beautiful Memorial Day. This is an important weekend that should always be respected and celebrated with those closest to you. We hope you take out the fireworks, cook up some burgers and enjoy some R&R.