Since I am a history nerd (random fact- I minored in history in college), I thought there would be no better way to celebrate Memorial Day than to give you my “cheat sheet” of this holiday.
Below are some tidbits I found interesting about Memorial Day. Feel free to share your Memorial Day facts in the comments below :-).
And if you are not familiar with Memorial Day, it is a day where we as a nation (U.S.) reflect on those in the armed forces/military who have lost their lives during war.
1. This day used to be called Decoration Day—A general during the Civil War commanded soldiers to decorate the graves of their fellow fallen comrades with flowers. This practice was supposed to be kept up, year-to-year, as long as one war veteran was alive.
2. Memorial Day became the official name in 1967.
3. On this holiday, it is expected that flags remain at half-staff until noon. They should be raised to the top of the staff after sunset.
4. The American Civil War was the deadliest war in American history with 620,000 causalities. About 644,000 U.S. military personnel have died in all other combined American wars.
5. Waterloo, N.Y. is the birthplace of Memorial Day
On this unofficial kick start to summer, more than 800 hot dogs per second will be eaten.
Thank you to all those who serve our country. Without you, the U.S. would look a whole lot different. To all of our armed forces, you’re the real MVP’s.
Happy Memorial Day,