Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday that celebrates fallen soldiers. It includes all soldiers of the United States Armed Forces. Memorial Day is celebrated every year, on the last Monday in May. There are many facts about Memorial Day that are not known. Here are a few unknown facts below:
Memorial Day Fact #1
Waterloo, New York, was named the birthplace of Memorial Day by the federal government.
Memorial Day Fact #2
Memorial day became a federal holiday in 1971.
Memorial Day Fact #3
It was first known as Decoration Day, due to the practice of decorating graves. The graves were decorated with flowers, wreaths, and flags.
Memorial Day Fact #4
On May 30, 1868, President Ulysses S. Grant presided over the first Memorial Day ceremony, at Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorial Day Fact #5
Memorial Day was originally created in honor of Union soldiers, who died while fighting in the Civil War. The holiday was expanded to include soldiers from all wars.
Memorial Day Fact #6
In 2004, Washington D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years. It coincided with the dedication of the National World War II Memorial.
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