Memorial Day is one important holiday observed on the last Monday. It is a federal holiday in the U.S. It is a day to remember those who have died serving our country. It also often marks the beginning of summer.
Fun Facts about Memorial Day
- Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, encouraging US citizens to use the day to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers.
- It is traditional to wear red poppies on Memorial Day.
- Memorial Day was originally intended to honor soldiers who had fallen during the Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to honor soldiers who had fallen in any American war.
- There’s a special way to raise the flag on Memorial Day. The proper way to raise the flag on Memorial day is to first raise it quickly to the top of the pole, then slowly lower it to half-mast until noon, and then back to the top for the rest of the day.
- A lot of people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day with each other but they are different.
- This act designated 3 P.M. as a moment to pause and consider the true meaning of this day.
- This day was not always celebrated on the last Monday of May. It was observed on May 30.