11 Facts You Didn’t Know about Memorial Day
Memorial Day is a national holiday that has become synonymous with the unofficial start of summer, picnics and camping season. While we look forward to Memorial Day as a time to relax, the true story behind this holiday is more somber and worthy of remembrance. Did You Know?
1. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day as a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Since Memorial Day honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation you should not wish someone a "Happy Memorial Day."
2. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.
3. Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. Read Full Article