Memorial day is a US holiday to honor and remember those who died while serving in the military. It is a day to raise our awareness about the Nation’s freedom and the price for this freedom. Every year U.S. soldiers and their families pay that price. Memorial Day is a day for reverence and honoring of those who gave their lives defending the Nation and its values. In 1971, Congress declared it a national holiday. It also marks the unofficial start to the summer season.
Memorial Day Facts & Quotes
- Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day.
- There have been over 2.7 million US military deaths since 1775.
- The deadliest war the U.S. has participated in was the Civil War, with around 620,000 deaths.
- It is customary to fly a US flag at half-staff till noon on Memorial Day.
- U.S. Army accounts 158 installations around the world. It includes over 132,000 miles of infrastructure for gas, water, electric and sewer, and more than 1 billion square feet of office space.
- It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. - George S. Patton
Memorial Day Top Events and Things to Do
- Attend a Memorial day parade. One popular parade is the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC.
- All Americans are encouraged to pause for one minute at 3:00 pm (local time). Think of the sacrifices made by U.S. soldiers to provide freedom for all.
- Visit the grave of a fallen soldier.
- Have a picnic or go boating.
- Donate to a charity that serves veterans.