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Monday, May 26, 2008

Do You Know Why We Celebrate Memorial Day?

Did you know...

Memorial Day and Veterans Day have everything to do with honoring the living and the dead. Both observances are intended to honor military personnel, but Veterans Day pays homage to all Americans who have worn the nation’s military uniforms, both living and dead, while Memorial Day is a day to remember all U.S. military personnel who died in wars or other military actions.

On Memorial Day, the American flag is flown at half-staff until noon and then raised to full staff.

Memorial Day was observed initially by placing flowers on the graves of those killed in that national conflict in the 1860s. Until 1971 it was officially observed every year on May 30 but changed to the last Monday in May under the National Holiday Act.

A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. US Eastern time.

The official birthplace of Memorial Day is Waterloo, New York, although Boalsburg, PA claims to be the official birthplace.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

That's good info to know. We have our flag up! Thank you.