• Memorial Day

    Memorial Day 2014: 4 Facts You May or May Not Know

    Memorial Day 2014 is a day that is usually marked by parades, cookouts, and even festivals. However, the origins of this holiday stem from a much more somber place. While you’re celebrating the day with friends or settling in the watch the Memorial Day Parade, check out these interesting facts about Memorial Day that you may or may not have known.

    It was originally called “Decoration Day”

    Memorial Day started off as Decoration Day, a day remembering those who had fallen during the Civil War. According to usmemorialday.org, it was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land.”

    There is a national Moment of Remembrance in America

    In 2000, President Clinton signed off on a law passed by Congress that urges all Americans to stop all activity at 3pm (at their local time) and observe one minute of silence to honor those who have died in military service to America.

    It is confused with another national holiday

    Sometimes, Memorial Day is confused with Veterans Day. There is a difference, however. Veterans Day is in place to honor everyone who has served in the United States military. Memorial Day is in place to honor those who have lost their lives serving our country.

    The birthplace of Memorial Day celebrations is unclear

    Many cities around the United States claim that Memorial Day was founded there. Some cities even have monuments laying claim to the birthright of the holiday. Even though the federal government proclaimed Waterloo, NY (which held its first Memorial Day celebration in 1866), plenty of other cities still claim the right to the birthplace of the holiday.

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