Friday, May 28, 2010

Memorial Day facts.

  • Originally called Decoration Day.
  • First proclaimed on May 5, 1868.
  • First observed May 30, 1868.
  • At first, the South refused to celebrate the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I, when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring all Americans who died fighting in any war.
  • It used to be a tradition to wear red poppies on Memorial Day.
  • To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps."

Happy Friday!

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