6 Little Known Facts About Memorial Day

We found six little known facts about Memorial Day that you might not know about.

  1. On May 3oth, 1868, it was originally called Decoration Day to honor those who have fallen during the American Civil War.
  2. Before he was president, James A. Garfield gave a speech at the first Memorial Day Ceremony.
  3. It wasn’t until 1971 that we started celebrating the holiday on the last Monday of May.
  4. On Memorial Day, we are supposed to have a Moment of Remembrance (silence for a few minutes) at 3pm.
  5. The red poppy is traditionally worn by vets to commemorate the day.
  6. In 1966, Congress officially recognized Waterloo, NY as the birthplace of the holiday but Boalsburg, PA claims the title as well…

For most Americans, Memorial Day weekend is the kick-off to summer. People usually celebrate by enjoying the sunshine and barbecuing with family and friends. We tend to forget or might not even be aware that it’s a day of remembrance. It’s a day of remembrance for our fallen soldiers who fought for our country. Since the American Civil War, people have been honoring fallen soldiers by placing flowers, wreaths, and flags on their graves.

Take the time this weekend to honor all of the brave men and women who have fallen during service for our country. We will now and forever be grateful for their sacrifices to preserve life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Happy Memorial Day this weekend!

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