A brief history of Memorial Day and top 10 facts related to the holiday weekend.
Memorial Day has been the unofficial start to summer for many. It has been a day filled with backyard barbeques, parades, and road trips. But above all else, the special day honors the men and women who have died while serving the U.S. military.
Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Without the service of our American heroes, we could not enjoy our fundamental rights such as freedom of speech, trial by duty and right to privacy. Every year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time. So, before you go out to celebrate, make sure to say thank you to your local hero.
Memorial Day 2019 occurs on Monday, May 27. Here are 10 fun facts from WalletHub, a personal finance website, about Memorial Day to impress all your friends at the next barbeque.
1. 45 million veterans have served the country in wartime
2. 260,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery are adorned with American flags each Memorial Day
3. 818 hot dogs are consumed every second from Memorial Day to Labor Day (7 billion total)
4. 96% of companies will close their offices on Memorial Day
5. 42.8 million Americans plan to travel over Memorial Day weekend, with Orlando being the No. 1 most popular destination
6. 1.5 million people will watch the National Memorial Day parade on TV.
7. $486 is the average spending over Memorial Day weekend
8. 25% more home-cooking fires happen on Memorial Day than average
9. 45.5% of Americans are “likely” to take advantage of Memorial Day deals
10. There are 40+ freebies and special discounts available to veterans and military personnel