Just about everyone celebrates Memorial Day, but not everyone celebrates for the right reason. Take a moment and reflect what the holiday means to you, your family, friends and co-workers. Have you reached out far enough to understand the person who gave their life so that you may enjoy any freedoms in the United States? Living near and once working on a military base, I always had an interest in military facts and trivia. Look at these facts and trivia about Memorial Day; see if you recognize the truthfulness of the day.
Has Memorial Day always been called Memorial Day?
No, originally it was called Decoration Day. It was a day to lay flowers and decorate the graves of the military members on the north and south who served and died in the Civil War.
When was Memorial Day first celebrated?
Memorial Day was first celebrated in May 1868.
The first celebrant of the day was “Gen. John A. Logan began decorating graves of those who died in the Civil War”.
How many military members died in the Civil War?
The Civil War remains the bloodiest war ever fought. There were 620,000 deaths of military members in the Civil War.
What is the meaning of Five Forks?
On April 1, 1865, the Civil War ended with the surrender of General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House. His surrender was the result of the Union Victory at Five Forks Crossroads. This victory brought Petersburg, Virginia to its knees as well as the capture of Richmond.
What is Remember the Maine?
Maine was the name of a battleship that blew up on February 15, 1898. This occurred in the Havana Harbor and resulted in the deaths of 260 men. It is considered to be a contributing factor for the beginning of the Spanish-American War in 1898.
Remember that Memorial Day is no longer just about the Civil War but rather about all the service men and women who have lost their lives in war. To understand the true meaning about the day off, is to learn about the rich heritage and cultural of our nation. It started somewhere and proceeded to go somewhere. There is a bit of historical significance in each and every year since the settling and creation of the United States of America. Encourage your children to take an active interest in learning not only about games and days off but also about how all these things became possible. The cost is not just about a price tag, it is first about the serviceman who died so that someone else could have.