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Interesting Facts About Memorial Day

Interesting Facts About Memorial Day

Memorial Day is almost here, so we’re commemorating it with these interesting facts!

Memorial Day weekend is here! Whether you’re firing up the grill or gassing up the car for your upcoming getaway, you’re probably excited about the extra day off work. But we’d like to share with you why we don’t have to head into the office on Monday. As we celebrate Memorial Day, we wanted to highlight some interesting facts about this federal holiday.

  • Memorial Day began with the name Decoration Day. While that name might sound festive, it was still the somber commemoration we know today. The name came from the practice of decorating the graves of fallen soldiers.
  • We’re legally required to observe the National Moment of Remembrance according to a law Congress passed in 2000. The official time of that moment is 3:00 p.m. local time.
  • The AAA estimates that over 36 million people will travel 50 miles from home or further during the holiday weekend.
  • Always observed on the last Monday of May, it honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. It originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.
  • Unofficially, it marks the beginning of summer.

The Maria Sanchez Show hopes you enjoy your Memorial Day weekend! If you’re looking to add something interesting to your holiday weekend, tune into Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown this Sunday at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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