Memorial Day is a national holiday in the United States for honoring those who died while serving in the U.S. Armed forces. Memorial Day 2018 is on Monday, the 28th of May since it is always celebrated on the last Monday of May. Here, we introduce a few Memorial Day facts.
What for our facts about Memorial Day
1. It was established after the civil war: In the civil war, around 620,000 soldiers lost their lives on both sides. Memorial Day was an immediate response to that terrible massacre to commemorate the soldiers who died.
2. General John A. Logan is its founder: General Logan was one of the main founders of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). General Logan issued General Order No.11 on 3 March 1868 to call for a day to remember the Civil War dead. That order was considered the basis for the holiday of Memorial Day.
3. It was long known as Decoration Day: At first, it was known as Decoration Day because graves were being decorated with flowers and flags. This name disappeared only after the Second World War although “Memorial Day” name dates back to 1882. Memorial day was declared as the official name in 1967.
4. It became an official federal holiday in 1971: Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968. Under this Act , Memorial Day is celebrated in the last Monday of May so that the federal employees can get a three-day weekend. However, Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971.
5. Its official birth place is Waterloo, New York: The American Congress recognized Waterloo, New York as the origination of Memorial Day holiday. However, many U.S. cities still debate over the real place where this Day was firstly established.
6. Cities across the U.S. host Memorial Day parades: The largest parades are held in Washington D.C., Chicago and New York. The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C. hosts more than 250,000 persons.