3 Memorial Day Facts

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Memorial Day is perhaps one of the most recognizable days in US History. Memorial Day is more than just a break from work. It's a significant day when we remember and honor the many brave men and women who fought for our country.

But did you know these interesting facts about Memorial Day?

1. A Civil War Veteran made it an official holiday.

Three years after the end of the Civil War, Veteran John Logan established Decoration Day (what is now Memorial Day) on May 30th.

He chose this day because he knew the flowers would be in full bloom during that time, and he wanted to encourage people to place flowers on the graves of those who fell during the war.

2. It wasn't until much later that it was declared a national holiday.

It wasn't until 1971 that Memorial Day was declared a national holiday. When it did become official, it was moved to the last Monday in May instead of being on May 30th every year.

This change was due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act that was passed in 1968 which moved several holidays to Mondays in an effort to give federal employees more long weekends.

3. On Memorial Day, flags are ordered to fly a certain way.

The U.S. flag should fly at half-staff only until noon on Memorial Day. Then, it should be raised to full height until sundown. This unique custom is meant to honor both the Veterans who fell and the Veterans who are still living.


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