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Did you know it was originally called Decoration Day?
To honor the deceased, soldiers decorated graves of their fallen comrades with flowers, flags, and wreaths. So it was known as Decoration Day. Although Memorial Day became the official title in the 1880’s, the holiday wouldn’t legally become Memorial Day until 1967.
It wasn’t always celebrated the last Monday of May
After the Civil War, General John Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, called for a holiday to commemorate fallen soldiers that would be observed every May 30. But due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1971, Memorial Day was moved to the last Monday of May to ensure long weekends. Some groups, like the veterans’ organization American Legion, have been working to restore the original date to set the day apart and pay proper tribute to the servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives defending the nation.
It’s legally required to observe a National Moment of Remembrance
In December 2000, Congress passed a law requiring Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to remember and honor the fallen. But this doesn’t appear to be common knowledge, or if it is, by 3 p.m. most people seem to be too deep into a post-barbecue food coma to actually observe the moment.