Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Memorial Day History

Memorial day is a US holiday to honor and remember those who died while serving in the military.  Memorial day was formerly known as Decoration Day.  In 1971, Congress declared it a national holiday.  It also marks the unofficial start to the summer season.

Memorial Day Facts & Quotes

  • There have been over 2.7 million US military deaths since 1775.
  • The deadliest US War was the Civil War with about 600,000 US deaths.
  • It is customary to fly a US flag at half-staff till noon on Memorial Day.
  • 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.
  • Visit the grave of a fallen soldier.
  • Attend a Barbecue.
  • Have a Picnic or go boating.
  • Donate to a charity that serves veterans.

Memorial Day References and Related Sites

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