The History of Memorial Day

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The United States of America celebrates Memorial Day on the last Monday in May, each and every year. Memorial Day was established to recognize and commemorate U.S. soldiers who died in military service.

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The History of Memorial Day

  1. 1. Toll Free 866-569-8272Serving Veteran and Military Home Owners Nationwide Apply online atwww.LowVARates.com www.LowVARates.com or Toll Free 866-569-8272
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  3. 3. When is Memorial Day? Memorial Day falls on the last Monday in May, each and every year. www.LowVARates.com or Toll Free 866-569-8272
  4. 4. Why Celebrate Memorial Day? Memorial Day was established to recognize and commemorate U.S. soldiers who died in military service. www.LowVARates.com or Toll Free 866-569-8272
  5. 5. Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day? Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and the memorials of the fallen. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3pm local time. www.LowVARates.com or Toll Free 866-569-8272
  6. 6. Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day? Another tradition is to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff from dawn until noon local time. www.LowVARates.com or Toll Free 866-569-8272
  7. 7. Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day? One of the longest-standing
 traditions is the running of the
 Indianapolis 500, an auto race
 which has been held in
 conjunction with Memorial Day Since 1911. www.LowVARates.com or Toll Free 866-569-8272
  8. 8. Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day? The Coca-Cola 600 stock car race has been held later the same day since 1961 www.LowVARates.com or Toll Free 866-569-8272
  9. 9. Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day? The National Memorial 
 Day Concert takes place 
 on the west lawn of the 
 United States Capitol. www.LowVARates.com or Toll Free 866-569-8272
  10. 10. Memorial Day Statistics Approximately 32.1 million people traveled over the holiday weekend.
 Daily car rental rates were $36.65 www.LowVARates.com or Toll Free 866-569-8272
  11. 11. Memorial Day Statistics 28 million people that
 traveled reached their
 destination by driving. Passengers paid a lowest
 average round-trip fare
 of $176 per ticket. www.LowVARates.com or Toll Free 866-569-8272
  12. 12. Memorial Day FactsFormerly known as Decoration Day, it was first enacted to honor Unionand Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War.In May 1966, Waterloo, NY was officially declared the birthplace ofMemorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson because the practice ofdecorating soldiers’ graves was first observed on May 5, 1866 and eachyear thereafter.On May 5, 1868, in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the GrandArmy of the Republic, General John A. Logan issued a proclamation that“Decoration Day” should be observed nationwide. It was observed forthe first time on May 30 of the same year.Ironton, OH lays claim to the nation’s oldest continuously runningMemorial Day parade, a tradition since 1869. The first parade was heldMay 5, 1868.The ceremonies and Memorial Day address at Gettysburg National Parkwere nationally famous, starting in 1868. www.LowVARates.com or Toll Free 866-569-8272
  13. 13. Memorial Day FactsOn June 28, 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved 3 holidays fromtheir traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient 3-day weekend.The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday inMay.The 1st state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it wasrecognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day,honoring their dead on separate days until after WWI.
In July 1913, veterans of the United States and Confederate armies gathered in Gettysburgto commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the Civil War’s Bloodiest and most famousbattle.In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice thatcontinues to this day. www.LowVARates.com or Toll Free 866-569-8272
  14. 14. Sourceshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day
http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html
http://www.travelindustrywire.com/article45982.html www.LowVARates.com or Toll Free 866-569-8272
  15. 15. Toll Free 866-569-8272 Serving Veteran and Military Home Owners Nationwide Apply online at www.LowVARates.com www.LowVARates.com or Toll Free 866-569-8272

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