4 Strange Things about Memorial Day You Didn’t Know

Memorial Day

Monday 30 May is the Memorial Day 2022 in the United States. This last Monday in May is a sad day that is specifically dedicated to honoring the military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces.

I took a look back in history and found these 4 stranger things about Memorial Day you didn’t know. The good is that you who are reading this will be able to know what others don’t know.

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4 Facts about Memorial Day You Didn’t Know

  • Decoration Day
  • Unique flag etiquette
  • It wasn’t the last Monday of may
  • Waterloo is the birthplace

Decoration Day

Decoration Day was the original name of this day.  As a way of honoring the deceased, soldiers would decorate the graves of their fallen comrades with flowers, flags, and wreaths.

Unique flag etiquette

On Memorial Day, flags fly differently as opposed to other holidays. “At sunrise, flags are to be raised to full staff briskly, then lowered to half-staff position where they will remain until noon” – according to Gettysburgflag.com

It Wasn’t the Last Monday of May

The need for longer weekends moved Memorial Day from every May 30th to the last Monday of May. May 30th was put by Gen. John Logan who was the commander in chief of the Grand Army as a day of remembering fallen soldiers after the Civil war.

Waterloo is the birthplace

In 1966, “Congress unanimously passed a resolution to officially recognize Waterloo as the birthplace of Memorial Day”. However, other towns like Boalsburg also claim to be the “Birthplace of Memorial Day”.


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