It’s summer time and the weather is hot. The grills are smoking and the beer is flowing. Memorial Day has become a holiday that not only brings with it a three-day weekend, but a full stomach, as well.
However, many people forget the true reasoning behind why Memorial Day exists: to honor our fallen heroes.
Here are some interesting facts about how Memorial Day came about.
- The first ‘Memorial Day’ was celebrated after the Civil War by veteran Union soldiers. It was then called ‘Decoration Day’.
- Waterloo, New York is considered the ‘birthplace’ of Memorial Day.
- Memorial Day officially became a national holiday in 1971. Since then, it is always celebrated on the last Monday in May.
- Of the 14 wars the United States has participated in, there have been 1,196,793 total casualties. Three-hundred-thousand soldiers are buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Can’t get enough fun facts about Memorial Day? Take a look at this awesome infographic the Huffington Post created.