7 Things You Didn't Know About Memorial Day

Memorial Day isn't just a long weekend to relax and eat grilled meats, although those are certainly good reasons to celebrate.

Let's look at some interesting facts about Memorial Day before you head out to your barbecues and pool parties.

Initially, it is called Decoration Day. Soldiers would place flowers, flags, and wreaths on the graves of their fallen comrades to honor the deceased. 

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Originally, Memorial Day was observed on May 30. every year. However, later it moved to the last Monday of May in order to ensure long weekends. 

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The United States Congress passed a law requiring Americans to pause at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day to honor and remember the fallen.

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The first Memorial Day ceremony featured a lengthy speech by James A. Garfield

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Nine states have also designated a day to honor those who died in service to the Confederacy during the Civil War in addition to the national holiday.

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The Waterloo website states that in 1966 Congress unanimously passed a resolution recognizing Waterloo as the birthplace of Memorial Day.

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Memorial Day will see more than 36 million people traveling at least 50 miles from home.

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