The Memorial Day Quiz


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Memorial Day is more than cookouts and family reunions. How much do you really know about this American holiday? Take this quiz and find out.

Which day of May is Memorial Day celebrated in the U.S.?

In the United States, Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May each year.


Memorial Day was created in honor of the fallen soldiers of which war?

Memorial Day was first observed in 1868, to honor the fallen soldiers of the Civil War. Following World War I, Americans began honoring the dead of all U.S. wars.


What was the original name of Memorial Day?

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. The transition from Decoration Day to Memorial Day began in the 1880s. In 1967 it was officially proclaimed Memorial Day.


Which day in May was Memorial Day originally observed?

Memorial Day was originally observed on May 30. In 1971, Congress moved the official observation of Memorial Day to the last Monday in May to create a three-day weekend for the federal holiday.


Waterloo, New York, is the official birthplace of Memorial Day.

While dozens of American towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, President Lyndon B. Johnson officially designated Waterloo, New York, as the birthplace of the holiday in 1966.


Which war is the deadliest in U. S. history?

With nearly 620,000 deaths, the Civil War is the deadliest conflict in U.S. history. World War II is a distant second with more than 405,000 fatalities.


In a May 26, 1983, speech about Memorial Day, which U.S. president said, "Memorial Day is a time to take stock of the present, reflect on the past and renew our commitment to the future of America?"

On May 26, 1983, President Ronald Reagan began his Memorial Day address by saying, "Memorial Day is a time to take stock of the present, reflect on the past, and renew our commitment to the future of America."


Memorial Day is regarded as the unofficial start of which season?

Memorial Day is seen by many Americans as the unofficial start of summer. Many people vacation over the Memorial Day weekend and observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries, attending recognition ceremonies or gathering with family.


What time is the National Moment of Remembrance observed on Memorial Day?

In December 2000, President Clinton signed a resolution setting aside 3 p.m. as the National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day. The remembrance is observed at local time in different time zones.


Which U.S. senator introduced a bill to restore Memorial Day to its original date of May 30?

In 1989, Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii introduced a bill to restore Memorial Day to its original date of May 30. The senator continued introducing the bill every session until his death in 2012.


What U.S. sporting event is held Memorial Day weekend?

For more than 100 years, the Indianapolis 500 has been held during Memorial Day weekend, beginning with its inaugural race on May 30, 1911.


Which state was the first to officially recognize Memorial Day?

New York was the first state to officially recognize Memorial Day in 1873.


Which Washington, D.C., location held the first Memorial Day ceremony in 1868?

Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., first held a Memorial Day ceremony on May 30, 1868. To this day, the president or a designee places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington on Memorial Day.


What year did the Civil War end?

Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in Appomattox, Virginia, on April 9, 1865.


The American flag is to be displayed at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the American flag should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to noon and at full-staff from noon until sunset on Memorial Day.


Which Civil War veteran is credited with being the founder of Memorial Day?

Three years after the Civil War ended, Gen. John A. Logan, the leader of a Union Veterans group -- the Grand Army of the Republic -- established Decoration Day in order to honor those who had died in the war.


In a May 29, 2000, speech which U.S. president said, "Americans never fought for empires, for territory, for dominance, but many, many Americans gave their lives for freedom?"

During his address at Arlington on Memorial Day 2000, President Bill Clinton said, "Americans never fought for empires, for territory, for dominance, but many, many Americans gave their lives for freedom."


Which flower is worn in remembrance of America's fallen soldiers on Memorial Day?

Red poppies are worn on Memorial Day to honor America's fallen soldiers. The practice was started in 1915 by a Georgia teacher and volunteer war worker Moina Michael when she was inspired by the poem "In Flander's Fields" by John McCrae.


The deadliest single day in U.S. military history took place during which war?

The deadliest single day for the U.S. military took place during the Battle of Antietam during the Civil War. The Sept. 17, 1862, battle left nearly 4,000 Americans dead.


Which state was the only Southern state to observe the first national Memorial Day in 1868?

Mississippi was the only Southern state to observe the first national Memorial Day, then called Decoration Day, in 1868.


What is the deadliest battle in U.S. history?

The Battle of Argonne Forest during World War I was fought from Sept. 16, 1918, until Nov. 11, 1918, and resulted in more than 26,000 U.S. deaths.


What is the increase in automobile-related deaths over Memorial Day weekend?

According to the National Safety Council, traffic-related deaths increase more than 12 percent over Memorial Day weekend each year.


How many hot dogs do Americans consume between Memorial Day and Labor Day?

According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans will consume approximately 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, more than 800 every second during this peak season.


What organization is responsible for the Buddy Poppy program, which supports U.S. veterans and families?

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) oversees the Buddy Poppy program. The program, which began in 1922, supports veterans and families of veterans with proceeds from the sale of the poppies.


What does the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment place at each grave in Arlington National Cemetery every Memorial Day?

Every Memorial Day for more than 60 years, the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment has placed small flags at the nearly 230,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery.


How many American men and women have died in all wars the U.S. has been involved in?

More than 1.1 million American men and women have died in all U.S. wars.


Arlington National Cemetery was established on land confiscated from Robert E. Lee's wife Mary Anna.

Arlington House and the surrounding estate were inherited by Robert E. Lee's wife Mary Anna. In 1864, the federal government seized the property and established Arlington National Cemetery on the grounds.


In a 2004 Memorial Day address, which U.S. president said, "With each loss in war, the world changed forever for the family and friends left behind?"

In his speech at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day 2004, George W. Bush said, "With each loss in war, the world changed forever for the family and friends left behind."


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