Facts About Memorial Day

Let’s remember the heroes of the United States who sacrificed their lives for their country. Here are some interesting facts about Memorial Day. 


Memorial Day 2023

Monday, May 29

✍ What is Memorial Day?

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States of America. Each year on the last Monday of the month of May, the United States celebrates as a “Memorial Day”. Originally Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day.

✍ Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day?

In the United States of America, Memorial Day is celebrated in honor of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

✍ Where is the Official Birthplace of Memorial Day?

The official Birthplace of Memorial Day is Waterloo, New York . On May 26, 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, New York, the “birthplace” of Memorial Day.

✍ When Was Memorial Day Declared a National Holiday?

Memorial Day originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.


✍ Who Was the Founder of Memorial Day?

On May 30, 1868, General John A. Logan called for “Decoration Day” to be observed annually and nationwide. May 30 was chosen as Decoration Day because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

✍ What is the Difference Between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?

In the United States, Memorial Day and Veterans Day are celebrated as patriotic holidays honoring the military, but there are some significant differences between these two holidays.

Memorial Day

  • Memorial Day falls on every last Monday in May.
  • Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day.
  • It is celebrated in honor of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Veterans Day

  • Veterans Day is celebrated on every November 11.
  • Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day.
  • It is celebrated in honor of all military veterans, living or dead, who have served the country.

✍ Interesting Facts About Memorial Day

FACT 1. Memorial day wasn’t always celebrated on the last Monday of May. After the Civil War, Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on every May 30. Due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act 1971, Memorial Day was moved to the last Monday of May to ensure long weekends.

FACT 2. Memorial Day originally honored military forces who died in the Civil War (1861-1865).

FACT 3. Several cities of the United States claimed to be the Birthplace of Memorial Day, but in 1966 Congress declared Waterloo, New York, to be the official birthplace of Memorial Day.


FACT 4. In the Civil War, Approximately 620,000 Americans died.

FACT 5. President of the United States, Bill Clinton signed the National Moment of Remembrance Act in 2000, which asks Americans to PAUSE and OBSERVE a National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 P.M local time.

FACT 6. ➤ On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is supposed to be flown briskly to the top of the mast and then slowly lowered to the half-mast position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-mast for the remainder of the day.

FACT 7. The Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, is one of the largest cemeteries in the world, with over 400,000 graves and over 300,000 fallen veterans.

FACT 8. Since 1868 Doylestown, Pennsylvania, has held annual Memorial Day parades which it claims to be the nation’s oldest continuously running. (source)

FACT 9. In 2012 there was a film made named Memorial Day. John Cromwell, James Cromwell and Jonathan Bennett starred in the film.

FACT 10. Wearing of red poppies is also a tradition which originated from the poem, “In Flanders Field,” written by John McCrae’s in 1915.


✍ Memorial Day Quotes

“…And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.” – Ronald Reagan

➤ “As we set today aside to honor and thank our veterans, let us be mindful that we should do this every day of the year and not just one.” – Beth Pennington

“So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.” – Helen Keller

➤ “Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay.” – Barack Obama

“Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.” – Theodore Roosevelt

➤ “Ceremonies are important. But our gratitude has to be more than visits to the troops, and once-a-year Memorial Day ceremonies. We honor the dead best by treating the living well.” – Jennifer M. Granholm

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Reference sites:- https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history


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