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May 24, 2013

Remembering Memorial Day

by PBUnitedWay

As we are all getting excited for the 3-day weekend, BBQ’s, pool parties and the first unofficial day of summer – let’s remember what the day is really about – remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  

Here are some interesting facts about the Holiday:

  • Previously known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day originated after the Civil War to commemorate the soldiers who died in the Civil War.
  • Waterloo, NY was declared the “birthplace” of Memorial Day in 1966 by Congress and President Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • Each year, prior to Memorial Day, the 3rd U.S. Infantry places over 260,000 small American flags before the gravestones and niches of service members buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • It’s customary on Memorial Day to fly the flag at half staff until noon, and then raise it to the top of the staff until sunset.
  • About 5,000 people attended the first Memorial Day celebration at Arlington Cemetery in 1868 – the number is expected to be the same this year.
  • In December 2000, Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act encouraging all Americans to observe a minute of silence at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.
  • AAA projects nearly a 1 percent decrease in the number of Americans who will journey more than 50 miles from home this year. In its annual survey, released last Wednesday, the automobile association estimated 34.8 million Americans would take off on vacation over the weekend, compared to 35.1 million last year.
  • Over 50% of households will BBQ on Memorial Day.
  • Check out this infographic about Memorial Day.

So while you are enjoying your weekend don’t forget to remember what the Memorial Day is really all about.

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