10 facts about Memorial Day
by Melissa K. Lovett
May 29, 2013 | 1265 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
•Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.

•The holiday would not legally become Memorial Day until 1967.

•In 2000, Congress passed a law requiring Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to remember and honor the fallen.

•During the Civil War, some 620,000 soldiers on both sides died. The loss of life lead to commemorations but exactly where it began is highly debated.

•Some states observe a Gray Memorial Day, commemorating the fallen soldier from the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

•The Union Army honored their fallen soldeirs by creating the Grand Army of the Republic the American Legion took over these duties after World War I.

•Over 32 million people will travel by car during the Memorial Day weekend.

•Memorial Day etiquette is to fly the flag at half staff until noon, then fully raise it until sunset.

• The inspiration to wear red poppies to honor the dead on Memorial Day originates from the 1915 poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae.

• Dinner on the Ground: A picnic meal eaten in a cemetery while sitting on the ground. Rural areas of the American South still practice this tradition on Memorial Day

This weekend, remember our great country and the freedom we enjoy. Honor the all men and women in the uniform that that make the sacrifices to provide us with all things possible because we live in the United States. At 3 p.m. take a moment of silence to show the respect all fallen soldiers deserve.

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