Memorial Day Commemoration 2008

Memorial Day Commemoration

This morning, my son asked me, “What’s the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day?” I knew the general answer to the question, but wanted some more information. Thanks to, I got some good answers to the question. Although today is officially a day to remember those that have died serving our country, I would like to take the time to thank both active military members as well as veterans who have risked their lives for our great country.

  • Memorial Day is a day of remembrance of those who have died serving our country.
  • General John Alexander Logan ordered the Memorial Day holiday to be observed by decorating the war dead.
  • On Memorial Day, the flag should be at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.
  • Red Poppies are recognized as the Memorial Day flower.
  • Taps” is often played at ceremonies on Memorial Day.
  • Memorial Day was first called “Decoration Day” because of the practice of decorating soldier’s graves with flowers.
  • New York was the 1st state to officially recognize Memorial Day.
  • Flowers and flags are the two most popular items people use to remember soldiers.
  • The south refused to honor the dead on Memorial Day until after World War I when the meaning of Memorial Day changed from honoring civil war dead to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.
  • Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in 1971.

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