Ten fun facts about Memorial Day

Fact 1
Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Fact 2
Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War.

Fact 3
By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.

Fact 4
It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Fact 5
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service.

Fact 6
Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

Fact 7
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Fact 8
The practice of decorating soldiers' graves with flowers is an ancient custom.

Fact 9
The first well-known observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War was in Charleston, South Carolina on May 1, 1865.

Fact 10
On May 26, 1966 President Johnson signed a presidential proclamation naming Waterloo, New York as the birthplace of Memorial Day.

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