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"I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Monday, May 27, 2013

5 Facts about Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day in the United States.  It is the day we set aside to remember those who died in service to our country.  We decorate the graves of the fallen soldiers, hold parades and remembrance services.

Memorial Day has become the official start of the summer holiday season here in the US.  It is also a popular day for cookouts and gatherings of friends and family members.

Here are some interesting facts about the holiday.  How many of these are you aware of?

1. Memorial Day was once known as Decoration day!  It was a day set aside to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers.  It didn't officially become "Memorial Day" until 1967 - though people called it that before it became official.

2. Memorial Day was started as a response to the Civil War.  War widows decorated the graves of their loved ones who died in the war.  This spread throughout the northern states and eventually to the southern states.  We now remember those who fought for the US in all wars on Memorial day.

3. On Memorial Day, it is customary to fly the flag at half staff until noon when it is raised to the top of the staff until sunset.

4. Some southern states have a separate holiday to honor the Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War.

5. In 2000, Congress passed the "National Moment of Remembrance Act" which calls on all Americans to pause for one minute at 3pm on Memorial Day in remembrance of those died in service to our country.

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