Memorial Day Facts For Kids:
- Memorial Day is celebrated to honor and remember all the men and women who died fighting for our country. These men and women dedicated their lives so we can be a free nation.Some people get Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day confused. Veteran’s Day is a day to honor all the men and women who have served in the US armed forces, Memorial Day is to honor those who lost their lives.
- Memorial Day is celebrated every year on the last Monday in May.
- Having a day to honor the soldiers who lost their lives started after the Civil War (1861-1865).
- The original name was Decoration Day.
- Decoration Day was started on May 5 1868 to honor union soldiers who died in the Civil War.
- It was called Decoration Day because family members of fallen soldiers decorated their graves with flowers.
- The first service to honor fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery was held on May 30, 1868.
- Decoration Day originally only honored the soldiers who died in the Civil War. After World War I it was changed to all soldiers who lost their lives in war.
- On May 11, 1950, Decoration Day was changed to Memorial Day.
- President Richard Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday in 1971.
- The official flower of Memorial Day are red poppies.
- People celebrate Memorial Day by placing flowers on soldier’s graves, flying flags at half-staff, attending parades and remembering soldiers who lost their lives.
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