Memorial Day was created to honor the members of the military that have been lost, and there are many interesting facts about this holiday that most people do not know. Since 1868, Memorial Day has been celebrated across the country. This holiday is about more than a barbecue with family or the chance to visit relatives during a three-day weekend.
Memorial Day was once Decoration Day
Memorial Day was once called Decoration Day because families would decorate graves and memorials with flowers. The tradition of bringing flowers and wreaths to graves continues, but the name was permanently changed to Memorial Day in 1967.
Memorial Day Weekend is the Most Dangerous Holiday
Memorial Day weekend is considered to be one of the most dangerous holidays celebrated in the United States because of the high number of car accidents. The three-day weekend encourages people to visit others and travel more on the road, so accidents are increased.
Waterloo is the Birthplace of Memorial Day
Waterloo is considered to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, and this city in New York received the honor from Congress in 1966. Records reveal that the city celebrated the holiday in 1866 and continued the annual tradition for decades. Memorial Day only became a federal holiday in 1971, and other cities tried to claim they were the birthplace.
National Moment of Remembrance Resolution
Although some people continue to ignore it, the National Moment of Remembrance Resolution passed in 2000. It added a national moment of silence at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day and asked that everyone pause to remember those who have lost their lives in the military. The resolution recommends an informal moment of silence, so more people can participate.
Confederate Memorial Day Still Exists
Confederate Memorial Day still exists in several states and is celebrated on a different day. The original Memorial Day was created in 1868 to honor the Union soldiers lost in the Civil War, so many of the Southern states refused to participate. Although Memorial Day is now celebrated across the United States, Confederate Memorial Day is considered a separate holiday that honors soldiers. Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Tennessee still celebrate both holidays.