Memorial Day Facts

  • Memorial Day was was first observed on May 30, 1868 in Waterloo, New York.
  • Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day.
  • Southern states did not observe Memorial Day until after World War 1. Memorial Day was originally created to honor Union soldiers who’d died while fighting in the Civil War.
  • The red poppy is a traditional symbol of Memorial Day.
  • In 1924, an artificial poppy factory was created in Pittsburgh, PA, and employed veterans who needed work.
  • Memorial Day observances were at an all-time low in the 1960′s, then experienced a resurgence in the 1980′s.
  • On the Thursday before Memorial Day, soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol the cemetery 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing.
  • This tradition, called “Flags In”, has been in place since 1948.
  • The top three days for grilling are the Fourth of July (75%), Memorial Day (65%) and Labor Day (55%).
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th, was the first to host a BBQ at the White House. The featured menu item were Texas-style barbecued ribs.
  • Most popular grilled foods are hamburgers 87%, steak 83%, chicken 78%, and hot dogs at 76%.
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