25 Interesting Things About Memorial Day

Observed on the last Monday in May Memorial Day is a major remembrance day that deserves our attention. It is a day where we come together to remember the sacrifice of many for the freedom of many of us enjoy today. See the origins and much more of this wonderful day with these 25 interesting things about Memorial Day.

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On each Memorial Day, almost 40 million Americans travel more than 50 miles from their homes for the weekend, making the traffic on this holiday extremely heavy.

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In 2000, Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act which requires all Americans to stop what they are doing at 3pm on Memorial Day to remember and honor those who have died serving the United States.

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This moment of remembrance is a one-minute period observed even by many large companies and organizations such as Greyhound, Amtrak, MLB, Empire State Building and others.

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Northern states adopted Memorial Day (known as the Decorative Day back then) earlier and with more enthusiasm than the former Confederate states.

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In fact, it was not until after the World War I when the South finally adopted the holiday. At that time, the purpose of Memorial Day was broadened to include American soldiers fallen in all wars, not just in the Civil War.

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