Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday of May, is May 27 this year. The holiday is to commemorate those who lost their lives while in service to the United States Armed Forces. How much do you know about this holiday? Find out with this quiz!
1. Memorial Day was also once known as
a. Make-a-Memory Day
b. Decoration Day
c. Pride in Forces Day
d. Summer Starts Day
2. When was Memorial Day declared a National Holiday by Congress?
3. Which of these towns were declared by Congress and the President in 1966 (controversially) to be the official birthplace of Memorial Day?
a. Columbus, Ga.
b. Carbondale, Ill.
c. Columbus, Miss.
d. Waterloo, N.Y.
4. How is the U.S. flag flown on Memorial Day?
a. The U.S. flag is raised to full-staff during daylight hours.
b. The U.S. flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains for the remainder of the day.
c. The U.S. flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.
d. The U.S. flag is not flown at all.
5. Where does the National Memorial Day Concert take place?
a. On the west lawn of the United States Capitol, Washington, D.C.
b. Times Square in New York City
c. Mount Vernon, Alexandria Va.
d At the Washington Memorial, Washington, D.C.
7. What are you to do for the National Moment of Remembrance?
a. stop at 3 p.m. local time for a minute of silence to honor and remember
b. stop at 3 p.m. local time for a minute of silence to honor and remember
c. stop at 3 p.m. local time for a minute of silence to honor and remember
d. All of the above. Don’t forget!
As stated on the Veterans Affairs Office of Public and Intergovernmental webpage for the history of Memorial Day: "The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: 'It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.’ ”
Answers: 1b; 2b; 3d; 4c; 5a; 6c; 7d.
Source: VA’s Office of Public and Intergovernmental pages on Memorial Day history