Fun Facts about Memorial Day
In this week’s blog, we thought it would be fun to share some facts about Memorial Day and what it stands for (from the US Census and History.com).
Memorial Day was Created in the Late 1860s: Memorial Day was established in 1868 to honor those who died while serving their country. It was originally created to honor fallen Union and Confederate soldiers of the Civil War. Since the Civil War, Memorial Day has been used to remember the men and women who have died serving their country in the military service.
It Used to Be Called Decoration Day: General John Logan began Decoration Day on May 5, 1868, to remember the soldiers who died in the Civil War. The first Decoration Day gathering was at Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorial Day Became an Official Federal Holiday in 1971: In 1971, Memorial Day became an official federal holiday known as “Prayer of Peace, Memorial Day.” To this day, Memorial Day honors over 1.2 million fallen soldiers.
Waterloo, New York, is the Official Birthplace of Memorial Day: In 1966, the federal government proclaimed that Waterloo, New York, would be the place of origin for Memorial Day.
From everyone at Star Tutoring, we wish you a happy Memorial Day and a special thanks to all veterans and their families for your service to our country!
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