10 Memorial Day Trivia Facts

As its name implies, the true purpose of Memorial Day is to honor the brave men and women who lost their lives in service to our country. With the establishment of Memorial Day as a federal holiday, however, its purpose has since expanded to also provide families with a much-needed opportunity to get away for a long weekend and make the most of their time together. Arrowhead Title, Inc. is here to help you spice up the conversation at your family’s dinner table with these little-known facts about Memorial Day Weekend.

Interesting Facts About Memorial Day

1.  Memorial Day was born shortly after the Civil War, as soldiers and families honored those who lost their lives in the terrible battle.

2.  Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, because soldiers and their families traditionally decorated the graves of fall soldiers with wreaths, flowers, and flags.

3.  Before being moved to the last Monday in May to ensure long weekends, Memorial Day was observed on May 30th every year.

4.  Red poppies are traditionally the flowers used to symbolize and honor fallen soldiers.

5.  Southern States have separate holiday observances for "Confederate Memorial Day," where they honor the Confederate soldiers who lost their lives in the Civil War.

6.  Waterloo, New York is considered the official birthplace of Memorial Day.

7.  According to estimates by AAA, more than 36 million people across the United States will travel at least 50 miles from their homes on Memorial Day Weekend.

8.  There is actually a law that legally requires Americans to pause their activities at 3:00 PM on Memorial Day to honor fallen soldiers.

9.  Memorial Day was first observed on May 30th, 1868 by order of General John A. Logan.

10.  Memorial Day wasn't legally declared a holiday until 1968.

Arrowhead Title Wishes You A Very Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day Holiday is the perfect time to enjoy family and barbecuing, but it's important to set aside a little bit of time to remember the true meanings behind this important holiday. We owe our soldiers an enormous debt of gratitude, and everyone at our title agency at the Lake of the Ozarks is incredibly grateful for each and every one of our military personnel. From our family to yours, we wish you a very happy Memorial Day Weekend.

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