15 facts about Memorial Day

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSMemorial Day Previous articleErnest C. Swift to be inducted into the Apopka Sports Hall of FameNext articleMemorial Day Weekend: Best War Movies Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear We hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend planned. Here are some facts about this solemn day of remembrance:Then-President Bill Clinton signed the National Moment of Remembrance Act on Dec. 28th, 2000, and designated 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day as a National Moment of Remembrance.The flag is flown at half-mast until noon and then raised to full mast until sunset on the holiday.It was also called  Decoration Day.Red poppies are considered a symbol of remembrance and it’s a tradition to wear them to honor the soldiers.Another tradition on Memorial Day is to place coins on the graves of soldiers you visit. Also, different coins carry different meaning — pennies mean you stopped by, dimes mean you served with the deceased and quarters mean you saw the soldier’s death.The American flag is often placed on the graves in national cemeteries.Memorial Day is unofficially considered the beginning of summer in the U.S.Over 20 towns claim to be Memorial Day’s “birthplace,” however Waterloo is only to have federal recognition.Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana and Texas observe a separated Confederate Memorial Day to honor the members of the Confederates, Navy, Marines, and militia who died in wars.AAA estimated about 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home during the Memorial Day weekend.The “Taps” call is often played at ceremonies on Memorial Day.New York was the first state to officially recognize the holiday.Some people often confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day. Memorial Day honors the soldiers who died while serving, while Veterans Day honors all U.S. military veterans.About 620,000 people died in the Civil War.Over 300,000 fallen soldiers have been buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. On an average, about 28 burials happen at the cemetery every day. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

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