25 Interesting Things About Memorial Day

Observed on the last Monday in May Memorial Day is a major remembrance day that deserves our attention. It is a day where we come together to remember the sacrifice of many for the freedom of many of us enjoy today. See the origins and much more of this wonderful day with these 25 interesting things about Memorial Day.

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Originally commemorating the Union and Confederate soldiers fallen in the American Civil War, Memorial Day was formerly known as the Decoration Day.

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The true origins of who held the first Memorial Day celebration is a debated subject as there were several claims made in different places such as Warrenton (Virginia), Savannah (Georgia) and Gettysburg (Pennsylvania).

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Originally, Memorial Day was observed on May 30 and it was not until 1971 when the holiday was moved to the last Monday in May to ensure the prolonged weekend.

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In the same year, 1971, Memorial Day also became a federal holiday.

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Located in Arlington Country, Virginia, the Arlington National Cemetery is one of the places where major Memorial Day ceremonies take place. One of the largest cemeteries in the world, it is home to 400,000 graves.

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