Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Facts You May Not Know

by Jan Shoop
Facts You May Not Know About Memorial Day:
1.      Memorial Day did not become a Federal holiday until 1971

2.      Memorial Day was formally known as Decoration Day.

3.      Decoration Day was first held after the Civil War to honor Union soldiers killed in the war.

4.      Memorial Day also signifies the start of summer.

Top 3 Memorial Day Websites:

Top 5 Inspirational Memorial Day Quotes:
1.      “Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.”  Daniel Webster
2.      “For love of country they accepted death…”  James A. Garfield
3.      “And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.”  Lee Greenwood
4.      “They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast, And their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.”  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
5.      “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”  Joseph Campbell