Memorial Day is an annual holiday in the United States that is in honor of the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the holiday:
Memorial Day Facts #1:
The reason that the holiday began is that some people in the country wanted to make a holiday to celebrate the lives of the soldiers who passed away while in the Civil War. It should be noted that members of both the Union and Confederacy have been honored.
Memorial Day Facts #2:
Another interesting fact about the special day is that it was once referred to as Decoration Day.
Memorial Day Facts #3:
Although the holiday is mostly in existence to remember the lives of brave American soldiers who died while serving, it is commonly used by people as a reference for the beginning of the summer. On a side note, Labor Day is unofficially the end of summer.
Memorial Day Facts #4:
Many of the people who have lost friends and relatives in a war visit the gravesite of that special person.
Memorial Day Facts #5:
It should be noted that Memorial Day and Veterans Day are celebrated for different reasons. As previously mentioned, Memorial Day is a holiday to remember members of the United States Armed Services who were killed in war. Veterans Day, on the other hand, is a holiday that is in honor of all veterans of the United States.
Memorial Day Facts #6:
An old tradition that still is still practiced on Memorial Day is some people decorate tombstones with flowers. These people are usually loved ones of the deceased, but they could also be volunteers.
Memorial Day Facts #7:
Another fun fact about Memorial Day is that the flag of the United States is lowered to half-staff at noontime. After noontime, the flag is raised to its original position.
Memorial Day Facts #8:
An annual concert takes place on the lawn of the United States Capitol. This concert is called The National Memorial Day Concert. It is broadcast on PBS and NCR.
Memorial Day Facts #9:
One of the most exciting NASCAR races of the year takes place on the holiday. The name of the race is the Indianapolis 500.
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The last fun fact about the holiday is that there is a movie that is named after the day. This movie stars James Cromwell. It came out in 2012.
“Memorial Day Fast Facts,” CNN.com.
“Memorial Day,” History.com.
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