Every year, we celebrate Memorial Day at the beach, the lake, whipping up grill favorites and spending some quality time with our loved ones. Before breakin’ out the barbecue, take a moment and give tribute to these amazing men and women serving our country!
1. Memorial Day ties its origins all the way back to the Civil War where over 683,000 soldiers lost their lives.
2. The poppy is the signature flower of the holiday.
3. Many ceremonies and traditions have evolved including raising our flag to half-staff until noon and full-staff until sunset.
4. The original name of the holiday was first known as “Decoration Day.”
5. This day became a federal holiday in 1971.
6. In 2000, a moment of silence was passed as law at 3pm in observance of the soldiers–it’s considered illegal to talk!
7. The Indianapolis 500 has ran for over a century in conjunction with Memorial Day.
8. Memorial Day can also mark the start of summer, even though it’s technically not until June 21st, 2013.
9. Americans are said to consume 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, thus kicking off what’s known as hot dog season.
10. Memorial Day is different from Veterans Day in that this holiday honors those who have died in battle and the latter all members of the military in war and at peace.