Memorial day is a US holiday to honor and remember those who died while serving in the military. It is a day to raise our awareness about the Nation’s freedom and the price for this freedom. Every year U.S. soldiers and their families pay that price. Memorial Day is a day for reverence and honoring of those who gave their lives defending the Nation and its values. In 1971, Congress declared it a national holiday. It also marks the unofficial start to the summer season.
Memorial Day Facts & Quotes
- There have been over 2.7 million US military deaths since 1775.
- The deadliest US War was the Civil War with about 600,000 US deaths.
- It is customary to fly a US flag at half-staff till noon on Memorial Day.
- U.S. Army accounts 158 installations around the world. It includes over 132,000 miles of infrastructure for gas, water, electric and sewer, and more than 1 billion square feet of office space.
It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.– George S. Patton
Memorial Day Top Events and Things to Do
- Attend a Memorial day parade. One popular parade is the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC.
- All Americans are encouraged to pause for one minute at 3:00 pm (local time). Think of the sacrifices made by U.S. soldiers to provide freedom for all.
- Visit the grave of a fallen soldier.
- Have a picnic or go boating.
- Donate to a charity that serves veterans.