14 Interesting Facts About Memorial Day

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Noah French, Marketing Clerk

Noah French, Marketing Clerk

14 Interesting Facts About Memorial Day

With Memorial Day this week, our team at Lynden Sports Center went back to the History books and created a list of 14 Interesting Facts About Memorial Day. Read our list and stay safe this year!

FACT 1: Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day and was originally intended to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who had fallen in the American Civil War.

Source: https://www.argunners.com/memorial-day-facts/#ixzz6Mp30CR7i

FACT 2: The northern states observed Decoration Day with a lot more enthusiasm than the Confederate states had.

Source: https://www.argunners.com/memorial-day-facts/#ixzz6Mp3B3hw1

FACT 3: Apart from the federal Memorial Day, some of the southern states also celebrate the Confederate Memorial Day in honor of those who died fighting for the Confederate States during the Civil War. Different states observe this holiday on different days.

Source: https://www.argunners.com/memorial-day-facts/#ixzz6Mp3GMUZa

FACT 4: Memorial Day was originally observed on May 30 before 1971, when it became a Federal Holiday and was moved to the last Monday in May in order to give Americans a longer weekend to commemorate their fallen loved ones.

Source: https://www.argunners.com/memorial-day-facts/#ixzz6Mp3NY96i

FACT 5: 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.

Source: https://www.argunners.com/memorial-day-facts/#ixzz6Mp3OwSMO

FACT 6: Every year, over 40 million Americans travel to Arlington Cemetery to honor those who have fallen while fighting for our country.

Source: https://www.argunners.com/memorial-day-facts/#ixzz6Mp3QIcLR

FACT 7: It was not until after World War I that the South adopted Memorial Day, when it was broadened to include American soldiers who died in all wars, rather than just the Civil War.

Source: https://www.argunners.com/memorial-day-facts/#ixzz6Mp3RVKic

FACT 8: In the year, 2000, Congress passed the National Monument of Remembrance Act, which requires all Americans to stop what they are doing at 3:00 pm on Memorial Day to give a minute of silence to remember and honor those who died while service the U.S.

Source: https://www.argunners.com/memorial-day-facts/#ixzz6Mp3SyP5G

FACT 9: On Memorial Day, the proper way to raise the flag is to first raise it quickly to the top, then slowly lower it to half-mast until noon, then back to the top (or full mast) for the rest of the day.

Source: https://www.argunners.com/memorial-day-facts/#ixzz6Mp3UPIV1

FACT 10: The idea of using red poppies to commemorate fallen soldiers first appeared in the poem, “In Flander’s Field,” written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae in 1915

Source: https://www.argunners.com/memorial-day-facts/#ixzz6Mp3ZE9Eh

 

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“In Flander’s Field,” written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae in 1915 Source: https://www.argunners.com/memorial-day-facts/#ixzz6Mp3gct2f

FACT 11: In 1924, when faced with a shortage of poppies from French manufacturers, the first artificial poppy factory was created in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It employed veterans who needed work.

Source: https://www.argunners.com/memorial-day-facts/#ixzz6Mp3gct2f

FACT 12: On Memorial Day, bikers hold an event known as The Rolling Thunder Run. In this annual motorcycle rally, participants raise awareness of prisoners of war and those missing in action.

Source: https://www.argunners.com/memorial-day-facts/#ixzz6Mp43djNb

FACT 13: Held in Washington, D.C., the rally started out with 2500 participants in 1988. Now the numbers include almost 1 million bikers and other participants.

Source: https://www.argunners.com/memorial-day-facts/#ixzz6Mp44t01Z

FACT 14: Our tradition to commemorate Memorial Day with a BBQ began with the original tradition of having a picnic lunch on the burial sites of our fallen loved ones.

Source: https://www.argunners.com/memorial-day-facts/#ixzz6Mp47qxx1

Be smart and stay safe! The only question next is, do you have a toy for Memorial Day yet? Check out Our Inventory and find the perfect gift for you or your family. Also, this week be sure to check out our Military Rebates!

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