(AbsoluteNews.com) – When many Americans think about Memorial Day, they know it has something to do with the military but they’re not quite sure what. In the modern day, it seems as if it’s been hijacked by picnics and mattress sales. In fact, a new University of Phoenix survey, conducted by OnePoll, found 57% of respondents didn’t know the day was to honor fallen military members.
That’s so disappointing we don’t even really have the words to express how sad it makes us. Instead of ranting about it, we decided to give everyone some useful information about Memorial Day.
Memorial Day Facts
In order to honor the fallen men and women of the Armed Services properly, you should know a few things about the day. According to various published Memorial Day Histories:
- Americans observe the holiday on the final Monday of May.
- In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson made Waterloo, New York the official birthplace of Memorial Day.
- The first time it was celebrated was 1866, a year after the end of the Civil War.
- Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer.
- People used to celebrate the day by holding picnics at cemeteries.
- The Moment of Remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. eastern and that’s when everyone should pause and remember the fallen.
- Decoration Day was the original name of the holiday.
- On the initial Decoration Day at Arlington National Cemetery, General James Garfield spoke and 5,000 volunteers took up the task of decorating the graves of 20,000 fallen soldiers.
- Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971.
- The flag is flown at half-mast until noon on the holiday.
- Some people wear red poppies to honor those who sacrificed their lives.
- The day is specifically to honor the fallen who died while fighting for the country.
Observing Memorial Day
Most towns across the country have special events to honor the fallen. Things may be different in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but you can definitely still observe the day. You can still place flags on the graves of those we lost or even go to events as long as you follow the CDC social distancing guidelines.
It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you take a few minutes to acknowledge all of those who lost their lives to ensure you have rights. Then, thank them.
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