Tuesday Trivia: How much do you know about Memorial Day?
May 22, 2018 at 11:44 AM
Memorial Day is considered by many to be the real kickoff to summer, but it is much more than just a three-day weekend. Do you know about its ties to the Civil War? Why do some folks wear poppies that day? Read on to find out.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day and was established to commemorate soldiers killed in the Civil War.
The three-day weekend
The day was originally observed on May 30, but it was moved to the last Monday in May nearly 50 years ago to ensure a three-day weekend. At the same time it became a federal holiday.
Lots of folks will hit the roads
An estimated 40 million people travel more than 50 miles from home each Memorial Day weekend.
In Flanders Field
Wearing red poppies is a Memorial Day tradition. The practice is traced to the poem “In Flanders Field” written by Lt. Col. John McCrae in 1915.
The Rolling Thunder motorcycle event is held each year on Memorial Day to raise awareness of prisoners of war and those missing in action.
Confederate Memorial Day
Some southern states also observe Confederate Memorial Day, which was created to honor those who died fighting for the Confederacy in the Civil War. In Tennessee, Confederate Memorial Day is observed on June 3.
Fly the flag
On Memorial Day, the U.S. flag is flown at half-staff until noon, then raised to full-staff for the rest of the day.
We love it!
Memorial Day is the second-most popular holiday after July 4, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association.