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Memorial Day Fun Facts
May 24, 2012 - Kim Collette
Memorial Day is synonymous with much of Americana: the start of summer, picnics, even on day car sales. But it's important to remember the true meaning of the day which is honoring those who sacrificed their lives serving the US. So with that in mind here are some Memorial Day facts for you to share with your family and friends!
*General John Alexander Logan ordered the Memorial Day holiday to be observed by decorating the war dead. *On Memorial Day, the flag should be at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff. *Red Poppies are recognized as the Memorial Day Flower. *Memorial Day was first called Decoration Day because of the practice of decorating soldier's graves with flowers. *New York was the 1st state to officially recognize Memorial Day. *The south refused to honor the dead on Memorial Day until after World War I when the meaning of Memorial Day changed from honoring Civil War dead to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war. *Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in 1971. *At 3PM local time, Americans should pause for a moment of silence or listen to "Taps"
And if those facts aren't enough for you, here are some Memorial Day Quotes:
For love of country they accepted death.....---James A. Garfield And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier's tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.---Joseph Drake The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree.---Thomas Campbell These martyrs of patriotism gave their lives for an idea.---Schuyler Colfax We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.---Francis A. Walker
So on Memorial Day take a break from all the hustle and bustle to enjoy each other and remember the real meaning of Memorial Day. Have a fun, safe and memorable Memorial Day Weekend!
Until next time friends!
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