New Castle News

May 28, 2012

Lisa Madras: How much do you know about Memorial Day’s rich tradition?

Lisa Madras
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — It's Memorial Day today, so, with my blog running on Mondays, I sort of get the short end of the stick on these holidays.

It's cool though. I'm more than happy to take a little hiatus from complaining about my problems to pay homage to the men and women who gave their lives to protect our freedoms, including the right that I have to get on here each week and express my views.

So thank you to all branches of the American military and your families, and God bless the survivors, both soldiers and families. In honor of the day, here are 10 questions instead of one — this time trivia. Feel free to impress your families and friends with your knowledge of this sacred day, and please don't forget to participate in the moment of silence at 3 pm.

1. What day in May is Memorial Day Celebrated?

  1. First Tuesday in May
  2. Last Monday in May
  3. Last Thursday in May

2. What was Memorial Day formerly called?

  1. Veterans Day
  2. Decoration Day
  3. Confederate Memorial Day

3. In what year (many experts believe) was the first Memorial Day observed ?

  1. 1864
  2. 1865
  3. 1866

4. Where was the first "official" Memorial Day observed?

  1. Charleston, South Carolina
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Waterloo, New York

5. On May 5, 1868, in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans' organization, he issued a proclamation that "Decoration Day" be observed nationwide. Who was the former general?

  1. Ulysses S. Grant
  2. William T. Sherman
  3. John A. Logan

6. May 30 was selected as Decoration Day because it was NOT an anniversary of a battle.

True or False?

7. What were decorated in remembrance of this day?

  1. Tombs of fallen Union soldiers
  2. Cemeteries of family
  3. State Capitals

8. The term “Memorial Day” was first used in 1882. However, the name was not used until after what war?

  1. World War 1
  2. World War II
  3. Korean War

9. On June 28, 1968, the United States Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved three holidays from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. However, it is considered the start of what?

  1. Holidays
  2. Summer
  3. Spring

10. What is one of the longest standing traditions held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911?

  1. Indianapolis 500
  2. Arizona Rodeo Days
  3. Washington DC Apple Blossom Festival


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