Top 10 Facts You Need To Know About Memorial Day

The Memorial Day weekend is almost here and while everybody is getting ready to pack up their clothes and go out of town with their families or friends, we wanted to give you a little something to read to pass the time by. Maybe you’re waiting for your flight to take off or waiting for everybody to pack in the car. Here are 10 facts about Memorial Day.


1

Memorial Day was initially known as Decoration Day. It didn’t become Memorial Day until after the Civil War. It officially became a federal holiday in 1971.

A scene from the Civil War days

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2

In 1966, President Johnson and Congress declared Waterloo, New York as the “birthplace” of Memorial Day.

President Lyndon B. Johnson on a stamp while he served in office

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3

Many people confuse Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day because they both honor soldiers who have served for the country. However, Memorial Day honors soldiers who died while serving and Veteran’s Day honors all military vets who have served.

Remembering our soldiers on Veteran's Day

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4

Memorial Day is always celebrated on the last Monday of May every year.

Memorial Day falls on the last Monday of every May.

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5

Every Memorial Day, American flags are flown at half-mast until noon and raised at full mast until sunset.

The US flag shown at half mast or half staff.

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6

More American lives were lost in the Civil War than both of the World Wars combined. Roughly 620,000 soldiers died in the Civil War compared to World War I that had about 116,516 soldiers and World War II had 405,399.

Civil War at the Gettysburg Address

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7

The military cemetery, Arlington National, located in Arlington County, Virginia, has over 300,000 soldiers buried there.

All of the plots in Arlington National have an American flag sticking out, in rememberance of our fallen soldiers.

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8

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina celebrate a separate holiday called Confederate Day for the Confederate soldiers that served. This holiday is a month before Memorial Day, on April 27th.

Confederate Day 2019

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9

The Vietnam War had a helping hand in Memorial Day becoming a national holiday. In 1968, Congress passed The Uniform Monday Holiday Act, making Memorial Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day federal holidays.

Old helicopters flying in Vietnam

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10

When Bill Clinton was in office, him and Congress passed a law in 2000 that requires Americans to stop anything they’re doing at 3p.m. and observe all fallen soldiers.

Bill Clinton in 1992.

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