Memorial Day 2014: Fun Facts and Trivia

Memorial Day 2014 is in sight and folks are getting excited for the gateway to summer to open. Above all else, please remember the meaning of Memorial Day is to honor and memorialize our fallen soldiers.

Are you ready for some Memorial Day fun facts and trivia?

Memorial Day fun facts and trivia

1. The Indianapolis 500 has been held on Memorial Day since 1911

2. Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in 1971

3. Waterloo, N.Y. is considered the birthplace of this holiday because the people of Waterloo were the first people to proclaim a day on May 5, 1866 to honor the soldiers who died in the Civil War. They closed their businesses and placed flowers and flags on the graves of their soldiers. Flags were flown at half-mast

4. Memorial Day was originally known as Declaration Day.

5. Each year on Memorial Day at 3:00pm local time, a national moment of remembrance is asked of Americans to pause for one minute. This National Moment of Remembrance was established by Congress in 2000. Americans should pause for a moment of silence or listen to “Taps”

5. The Memorial Day custom of wearing artificial poppies was inspired by John McCrea’s World War I poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael responded with a poem of her own:

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.

6. On Memorial Day, you are supposed to fly the flag at half-staff until noon, and then raise it to the top of the staff until sunset

7. Taps is often played at ceremonies on Memorial Day

8. Memorial Day was first called “Decoration Day” because of the practice of decorating soldier’s graves with flowers.

A few fun statistics from and

    •    63% of US population grills monthly
    •    48% of grill owners fire up their grill year-round
    •    33% use their grill when its below freezing
    •    63% of grill owners own a gas grill
    •    51% of grill owners own a charcoal grill
    •    80% of grillers own a pair of tongs
    •    41% of grillers own grilling mitts or gloves
    •    40% of grillers own a thermometer
    •    18% of grillers own a cast iron griddle
    •    12% own a rib rack
    •    In the 1920’s, Henry Ford turned wood scraps from the production of Model T’s into charcoal briquettes
    •    Most popular foods for the grill: #1. Hamburgers #2. Steak #3 hot dogs #4 chicken
    •    The most popular holidays for barbecuing are, in order, July 4th (71 percent), Memorial Day (57 percent), and Labor Day (55 percent)..