13 Memorial Day Trivia Facts


Can you believe Memorial Day Weekend is already here? The team at Arrowhead Title, Inc. would like to be the first to wish you and your family a very happy holiday weekend. In preparation for the upcoming festivities, we thought we'd put together a few fun facts about Memorial Day. Enjoy!

1. Memorial Day was officially observed on May 30th every year until 1971, when it was switched to the last Monday in May. The switch ensured that Memorial Day would fall on a three-day weekend every year.

2. It is believed that May 30th was the day originally chosen to celebrate Memorial Day because it was believed that flowers would be in bloom all across the country on that day.

3. Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day.

4. Memorial Day is charged with being the most dangerous holiday, due to the high number of car accidents that occur on Memorial Weekend every year.

5. Decoration Day was first observed on May 30th, 1868. 

6. Mississippi was the first southern state to celebrate Decoration Day.

7. New York was the first northern state to celebrate Decoration Day.

Arlington Cemetery
8. Decoration Day got its name because U.S. citizens traditionally decorated the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers on that day.

9. Decoration Day was originally held to recognize soldiers who died in the Civil War. It did not expand to recognize all U.S. military men and women until after World War I.

10. There is a separate holiday designed to honor the Confederate dead, known as Confederate Memorial Day. Each Southern state recognizes this holiday on a different day.

11. On Memorial Day, American flags are supposed to fly at half mast until noon, at which point they are supposed to be raised to the top of the staff.

12. Decoration Day was first observed at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C.

13. Waterloo, New York is officially credited as the birthplace of Memorial Day.

Have A Great Weekend!
Whether you're celebrating the holiday at the Lake or somewhere else, we hope you have a truly wonderful holiday weekend! Remember that if you find yourself looking to purchase real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks, the team at Arrowhead Title would love to assist you with your title insurance needs.

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