Memorial Day

Observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day honors US men and women who have died in military service. It is also the traditional start of the summer vacation season.

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Where was the first Memorial Day celebrated?

According to federal legislation signed in 1966, Waterloo, New York, is the birthplace of Memorial Day, but there are a lot of other towns that claim the honor for themselves. Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, for one, points to a 1864 gathering to honor those killed at Gettysburg as the first-ever Memorial Day, while Carbondale, Illinois, cites a parade in 1866 led by John Logan, who later helped bring the official holiday to fruition.

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Can you take Noni juice every day during 365 days a year?

For many people, it would be fine to drink noni juice on a regular basis. There might be times this would be questionable is if there is an unnatural, and possibly harmful ingredient. For instance, most health-concerned consumers would not wish to drink high fructose corn syrup every day, nor would it be good for you (though many people do it).

Thankfully though, most noni juice is completely pure. The main ingredient, of course, being the noni (morinda citrifolia) itself. Noni juice contains high levels of proxeronine, a precurser to xeronine, an alkaloid which is known to actually heal cells. Unfortunately, noni does not taste good on its' own, so noni juice also contains the ingredients of other juices. Common juices include apple, pear and beet, and it is then sweetened with a natural sweetener; usually honey.

So, in conclusion, for most people it might be okay. Check the ingredients list, just in case.

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Is Walmart open on Memorial Day?

Yes, Wal Mart is open on Memorial Day. Most locations are also open 24 hours a day and on many US holidays. Christmas is the one day a year the store closes its doors for business.

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What is a sentence for Memorial Day?

The Decoration Day is commemorte to the U.S Soldiers who died while in the militery service.

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Is Lowe's open on Memorial Day?

It depends on your location. Local store managers can determine if their stores are open on holidays.

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Why do we observe Memorial Day?

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. It was first declared by General John Alexander Logan, a Union general during the Civil War and the national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic (a fraternal organization), on May 5, 1868 in his General Order No. 11. It was first observed on May 30, 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery when the graves of those who had died during the US Civil War, both Union and Confederate, were decorated with flowers.

Decoration Day was first recognized by the state of New York in 1873 and by 1890 it was recognized by most of the northern states. The southern states, however, refused to acknowledge May 30th. Instead each state of the south had their own "Memorial Day" like holiday, calling it by different names. It was also on different days of the year in each state.

After World War I Decoration Day was expanded to honor all US military personnel who had died during all wars or military actions in which the United States has been involved. It wasn't until then that the southern states began to observe May 30th, but they still celebrate their original holidays as well.

Decoration Day generally became known as Memorial Day, and in May 1966 President Lyndon Baines Johnson officially declared Waterloo, New York as being the birthplace of Memorial Day. However, there are many places that still claim that they were the birthplace of Memorial Day. It was not until 1967 that President Johnson signed the legislation officially changing the name "Decoration Day" to "Memorial Day."

In 1968 the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill was passed by Congress and signed by President Johnson. This legislation moved several holidays from their traditional dates to a Monday to give federal employees three-day weekends. This bill took effect on January 1, 1971. Memorial Day was one of the days affected and after being on May 30th for 103 years, it was moved to the last Monday in the month of May. This move is believed to be at least partly responsible for the significance of Memorial Day being altered from honoring those that gave their lives for their country to just being the unofficial start of summer.

Since 1999 there have been bills in the US Senate and House of Representatives to move Memorial Day back to its original date of May 30, but they are still in Committee and nothing has been decided.

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Why are poppies associated with Memorial Day?

  • The reason poppies were chosen to represent veterans was because they grew quickly in the disturbed battlefields of the First World War and their vast numbers were linked to the numbers of dead from the conflict.
  • In the battlefields of Belgium during World War I, poppies grew wild amid the ravaged landscape. How could such a pretty little flower grow wild while surrounded by death and destruction? The overturned soils of battle enabled the poppy seeds to be covered, thus allowing them to grow and to forever serve as a reminder of the bloodshed during that time and for the future.
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Should there be a National Memorial Day to honor famous people or celebrities who have made a difference in society as a whole?

This is of course asking for an opinion.

One user said:

Now that simply wouldn't make sense because there are so many and in retrospect none of us would ever be out there working and making a pay check. I only feel famous people such as the Mother Teresa's of this world who have helped mankind or our soldiers fighting wars are reasons to have a holiday and not so we can have a day off, but so we can sit for a bit in silence and realize exactly what sacrifices these people have given up for us. As far as celebrities such as actors, from the trashy movies I've seen out there today most of them should be ashamed of collecting their multi-million dollar pay checks.

Another user said:

Names will be too numerous,the concept is sound,we humans are not geared

to be remember,know whose creation we use in the routine of everyday life

we have to take time out to reflect such matters. No he means one day for people like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King

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Why is the poppy known as the flower for Veterans Day?

The use of the poppy as a symbol on Veterans Day (Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth) is derived from its symbolism in the poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilt in the war.

In the years following World War One, governments and society in general had not yet accepted responsibility for those maimed and bereaved as a result of the Great War. Massive unemployment in Britain made the problem much worse.

Earl Haig, the Commander in Chief of the British Army undertook the mighty task of organizing the British Legion as a means of helping with the problems of hundreds and thousands of men who had served under him. In 1921, a group of French widows visited him at the British Legion Headquarters. They had brought with them some poppies they had made, and suggested selling them as a means of raising money.

1921 - Britain and Australia start selling Poppies

1922 - First Poppy Day in New Zealand

1925 - First Poppy Day Canada

The most recent and enduring tradition began in WWI when John McCrae wrote this famous poem:

In Flanders Fields

"In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie,

In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders Fields."

John McCrae 1915

McCrae was a Canadian who enlisted to help the allies in the war. He was made Medical Officer upon landing in Europe. During a lull in the battle with the nub of a pencil he scratched on a page from his dispatch book. The poem found its way into the pages of Punch magazine. By 1918 the poem was well known throughout the allied world. Moina Michael, an American woman, wrote these lines in reply:

We cherish too, the Poppy red

That grows on fields where valor led,

It seems to signal to the skies

That blood of heroes never dies.

She then adopted the custom of wearing a red poppy in memory of the sacrifices of war and also as a symbol of keeping the faith.

A French woman, Madam Guerin, visiting the United States, learned of the custom and took it one step further. When she returned to France she decided to hand make the red poppies and sell them to raise money for the benefit of the orphaned and destitute women and children in war torn areas of France. This tradition spread to Canada, the United States and Australia and is still followed today.


The reason for the Poppy is that it is a plant which thrives on disturbed ground. The seeds, which are produced by the millions in the seed heads, lie dormant until the soil is broken up. The shelling in the trenches was perfect for the poppy, which grew in their millions when nothing else did. The poems came later, the poppies came from the activity and the blasting of the ground.

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What year did the US begin celebrating Memorial Day as an official holiday?

Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day) was first observed on May 30, 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. New York was the first state to officially recognize the holiday in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by most of the northern states. The southern states did not recognize the holiday until after World War I.

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What is the origin of Memorial Day?

On the last Monday in May, Americans celebrate Memorial Day honoring those who have died in the service of this great nation, while serving in combat. The holiday began in 1868, when General Order No. 11 was promulgated by General John Logan. It commanding that the 30th of May would be a day "strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in the defense of their country".

Although begun as an honor primarily for Union Soldiers who had died during the U.S. Civil War, this holiday, initially called, "Decoration Day", was recognized by both North and South by the end of World Wat I. This holiday eventually grew in favor to include the fallen of all wars of The United States of America, and with the passage of time, became to be known as, Memorial Day.

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Why is Easter on differEnt days every year?

In 325 AD, the Council of Nicea set the date for the celebration of Easter as the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox, March 21. For this reason, the date will change each year and can fall anywhere from March 22 to April 25. Easter does not come from the Bible. It's origin is much earlier in pagan religions and their fertility rites. Those pagan celebrations were Christianized by the Catholic church, and have no basis in Scripture. Jesus Christ celebrated the Feasts that were instituted by God, such as Passover and Pentecost. The Word "Easter" that appears in some versions of the New Testament was changed by translaters from Passover. Passover is the correct translation of that Scripture.

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When is Memorial Day traditionally observed in the United States?

Memorial Day Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (most recently observed May 26, 2014).

It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday began in 1868 and commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. It first began to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. They requested permission of their general, John A Logan, to decorate the gravesites of their fallen comrades (Hence the Decoration Day).

After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action.

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When is Memorial Day?

Memorial Day always falls on the last Monday of May.
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces

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Are Veteran's Day and Memorial Day the same thing?

No, they are two separate holidays. Memorial Day is the last Monday of May and is to remember those that died in the service of the US Military. Veterans Day is the 11th of November and is to show appreciation those that serviced their country, living or dead.

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Why 92 seconds of silence at Memorial Day Ceremonies?

its not really 92 seconds it is 2 minutes

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On what date is the celebration of Veterans Day?

Veteran's day is celebrated on November 11th.

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What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?

Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor all who died during a war in which the United States was involved. It began as a memorial for the Civil War dead. Ceremonies are often held at the cemetery, and include placing American flags on the graves. The speakers at these events are usually veterans of our Armed Forces. Parades are also often held in communities honoring our fallen heros.

Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor all who have served or are serving in the US military. It began as an observance of the end of fighting in World War 1 and was called Armistice Day for that reason until the end of World War 2 required a different name.
On Veterans' Day, you recognize veterans who fight or have fought for the United States, while you recognize dead veterans on Memorial Day.

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What is Memorial Day about?

Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day) is observed to honor all US military personnel who have died during all wars and military actions in which the United States has been involved.

From 1868 until 1970 (103 years) it was observed on May 30. In 1971 the Uniform Monday Holiday Act went into effect and since that year Memorial Day has been the last Monday in the month of May. The late US Senator from Hawaii, Daniel Inouye (September 7, 1924 - December 17, 2012), had introduced a bill in the Senate repeatedly to restore Memorial Day to its original date of May 30, just like Veterans Day was restored from the last Monday in October to it original date of November 11. The bill to restore Memorial Day has not been passed, yet.
Memorial a is a day set aside to honor veterans that have served in the United States military and gave their life.

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What can you do to honor the fallen on Memorial Day?

Here in Hawai'i every Memorial Day flowers are picked and donated. They are then made into Lei's by the Girl Scouts and other volunteers. Then on Saturday, the Boy Scouts take the lei and small American flags and place one of each on every grave at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. It's quite a site to see all the flags waving in the wind, and a lei placed around each and every grave marker.

Fly the flag. Stand and place you right hand over your heart when the American Flag passes in a parade (also for playing of the Star Spangled Banner). Put flowers on graves of veterans in your family.

Always strive to do what is Right, Just and Proper BECAUSE it is Right, Just and Proper to do so -- not because it is "convenient", "leogal", or personally, financially or politically "beneficial" to yourself. Those who have died to help ensure your Freedoms did not do it for themselves.

A new Memorial Day tradition

Memorial Day honors the sacrifice of those who gave away all of their tomorrows so we can live in freedom today.

In the past, it has been a tradition to place American flags on the graves of veterans. This year, Larry Hale of St. George Island, a veteran of the Vietnam War and a scout leader for nearly two decades, is suggesting a new tradition.

In order to engage young people in the Memorial Day, he is encouraging youth groups of all kinds to visit a local cemetery and clean the grave of a veteran, then return home and research the grave's occupant on the internet.

"In Franklin County, we have graves dating as far back as the Indian wars so this will be an interesting history lesson," said Hale. "It will also perform a much needed service, as many graves are untended, with tombstones half-covered in sand and leaves."

If you are involved in a youth group or simply have children of your own, please consider joining in this new Memorial Day tradition.


Look around, you may just have a neighbor that has lost their spouse or a parent in combat that could use a hand with some everyday task, a home repair, a ride to the cemetary even. Honor the fallen the best way by helping those who may be left behind struggling. To an elderly widow even a brief visit is a gift.


In some places you can get bracelets with plaques that have names of people who have fallen

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When was the first Memorial Day?

That's a somewhat complicated question. In the United States, Memorial Day--or Decoration Day, as it was once known--officially started in 1868. However, it didn't become a popular holiday until much later, and memorial traditions occurred long before the United States existed.

The idea for an official Memorial Day came from soldier John A. Logan, who served in the Mexican-American War and, later, as a Union Army general in the Civil War. Logan issued a proclamation on May 6, 1868, establishing the holiday nationally.

That proclamation contains some beautiful language:

"The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land," Logan wrote. "In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit."

"Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude--the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan."

Logan certainly wasn't the first general to suggest laying flowers at fallen soldiers' graves, and memorial celebrations existed in the United States prior to his proclamation. In fact, Logan's version of Decoration Day took place at the same time of year as existing Southern remembrance ceremonies, so he was probably simply trying to merge the two traditions (either that, or he was simply picking a day in the Spring when flowers would be in bloom).

The Birthplace (or Birthplaces) of Memorial Day

By the time Logan issued his proclamation, the town of Waterloo, New York, had already held two memorial celebrations. The city credits pharmacist Henry C. Welles and attorney John B. Murray with the idea for the holiday.

Other cities also claimed the holiday; in Carbondale, Illinois, one cemetery claims to have hosted the first Decoration Day ceremony on April 29, 1866, while the village of Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, claims to have held a remembrance ceremony in 1864.

The town of Columbus, Mississippi, has a noteworthy legend to back up its claim. According to lore, a group of women visited the graves of Confederate soldiers on April 25, 1866. They noticed that the nearby graves of Union soldiers, who'd fallen at the battle of Shiloh, were bare; the women placed some flowers on those graves, starting the tradition.

In any case, in 1966, Congress officially named Waterloo as the birthplace of Memorial Day, and President Lyndon B. Johnson followed suit, signing a presidential proclamation recognizing the town.

Decoration Day or Memorial Day?

It's likely that Logan came up with his Decoration Day without knowing about Waterloo's celebration (or, for that matter, any of the other local celebrations).

In any case, his Decoration Day immediately caught on, and several states officially recognized May 30 over the next several decades. The name "Memorial Day" replaced "Decoration Day" in federal observances at the turn of the century, but most people still used the latter name; that changed gradually, and by the end of World War II, "Memorial Day" was the more common descriptor.

In 1971, federal law changed the official observance of Memorial Day from May 30 to the last Monday in May, and Congress officially recognized it as a national holiday (the same act of Congress also moved other official holidays to Mondays to ensure three-day weekends for federal workers).

As such, you could make the argument that the first Memorial Day was actually held in 1971, but the roots of the tradition stretch back much further. The earliest observance of the holiday in its modern form go back to at least 1868, and maybe even 1864.


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Why do veterans give out poppies?

Generally the opinion is to remember soldiers who dies. However as the poppies generate some charitable income, the money is used to supplement the shortcomings of the government's less than generous care for veterans.

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Why is the poppy symbolize the Memorial Day?

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day or Veterans Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries to remember the members of their armed forces who have died on duty since World War I. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognised as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918, as the major hostilities of World War I were formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" of 1918 with the German signing ofthe Armistice. (Note that "at the 11th hour", refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 a.m.)

The day was specifically dedicated by King George V, on 7 November 1919, to the observance of members of the armed forces who were killed during World War I. This was possibly done upon the suggestion of Edward George Honey to Wellesley Tudor Pole, who established two ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917.[1]

The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem In Flanders Fields. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilt in the war. The Battle was fought in a poppy field, which is a coincidence because aforementioned, it has all the colours of the war and death (red and black.)


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