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Top 10 amazing facts about Memorial Day

  • Memorial Day 2022 is on Monday, May 30

  • Memorial Day was established in reaction to the Civil War's unparalleled slaughter. The massive loss of human life and its impact on communities prompted numerous spontaneous memorial services.

  • Following the Civil War, General John A. Logan, commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, proposed a May 30 holiday to honour dead troops. Memorial Day was relocated to the final Monday of May in 1971 as a result of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which ensured long weekends.

  • The festival was commemorated by placing flowers, flags, and other decorations on the graves of dead troops, earning the name "Decoration Day." This became recognised as Memorial Day over time.

  • Although the first significant commemoration was conducted in 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. for a throng of around 5,000 people, there are disagreements as to which city was the beginning of Memorial Day.

  • According to the VA, former President Lyndon B. Johnson designated Waterloo, New York as the official "birthplace" of the holiday in 1966.

  • On Memorial Day, at 3 p.m., the National Moment of Remembrance, which invites Americans to pause in silence to commemorate those who have died while serving the United States, takes place.

  • Each year on Memorial Day, a memorial service is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Each year, about 5,000 individuals attend in person. During this occasion, the president of the United States generally gives a speech. Small American flags are laid on each tombstone at the cemetery prior to the event.

  • One of the most crucial Memorial Day facts is knowing how to correctly fly a flag on the fourth Monday in May. During the early hours of Memorial Day, American flags should be lowered to half-staff. They should remain in this position until noon, as a mark of respect for troops who have died in war. They should be hoisted to full staff at midday and remain there until dark. This is done to pay tribute to America's war veterans.

  • While the first Decoration Day ceremonies took place in only a few places, they soon expanded to cities and states across the United States (US) even before Memorial Day was became a federal holiday. These celebrations had expanded across the country by the turn of the century, with several state legislatures making proclamations in honour of the day.

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