Memorial Day Trivia

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How Much Do You Know About Memorial Day?

  • The first observation was on May 30, 1868 to honor the nation’s Civil War causalities by decorating their graves with flowers and flags.
  • President Ulysses S. Grant presided over the ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • After World War I the meaning of Memorial Day changed from honoring civil war dead to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.
  • The last Monday of May was chosen because flowers are in bloom all over the country. 
  • Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in 1971.
  • At 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, all Americans should observe a moment of remembrance and respect
  • It is customary to fly flags at half-staff until noon.

Test your knowledge with this Memorial Day Quiz

Happy Memorial Day

The Markit Team

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