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Memorial Day is here once again – a day honoring American soldiers who died serving the country in wars. But did you know these little-known facts about Memorial Day?

 

  • Waterloo, New York is the birthplace of Memorial Day

Several towns claim to be the originators of Memorial Day, but in 1966 Congress unanimously passed a resolution that declared Waterloo, New York, to be the birthplace of the holiday.

 

  • It was originally called Decoration Day

Although it was first observed in the 1860’s, the holiday wouldn’t legally become Memorial Day until 1971.

 

  • It’s legally required to observe a National Moment of Remembrance

In December 2000, President Bill Clinton signs the “National Moment of Remembrance Act,” which designates 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day each year as the National Moment of Remembrance. Don’t forget!

 

  • A common Memorial Day tradition was to eat a picnic meal while sitting on the ground of a cemetery

There are still some people in the rural areas of the South that continue to practice this tradition.

 

  • Approximately 32 million people will travel by car over Memorial Day Weekend

It is the unofficial start of Summer here in New England – where are you heading?

 

Wherever you’re celebrating this Memorial Day weekend, we hope you enjoy the sunshine with family, friends and loved ones. Remember to take a moment to reflect and commemorate those who have served and sacrificed for our great nation. We THANK YOU for your service.

 

Happy Memorial Day!??

 

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