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!??