As we celebrate the Veterans past and present this weekend, here are some cool facts and trivia I found about Memorial Day!

* Memorial Day is a day of remembrance of those who have died serving our country.

* General John Alexander Logan ordered the Memorial Day holiday to be observed by decorating the war dead.

* On Memorial Day, the flag should be at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.

* Red Poppies are recognized as the Memorial Day flower.

* “Taps” is often played at ceremonies on Memorial Day.

* Memorial Day was first called “Decoration Day” because of the practice of decorating soldier’s graves with flowers.

* New York was the 1st state to officially recognize Memorial Day.

* Flowers and flags are the two most popular items people use to remember soldiers.

* The south refused to honor the dead on Memorial Day until after World War I when the meaning of Memorial Day changed from honoring civil war dead to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.

* Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in 1971.

When was Memorial Day first celebrated?

Memorial day was first celebrated on May 30, 1868. It was observed by placing flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers during the first national celebration. Gen. James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which around 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there.

How is the 3rd U.S. Infantry associated with memorial day?

Since the late 1950′s on the Thursday just before the Memorial day, around 1200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing. In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day.

What is the National Moment of Remembrance Resolution?

In the year 2000 the National Moment of Remembrance Resolution passed. At 3pm on Memorial Day all Americans are asked to voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance & respect by pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to taps.



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