Things You Might Not Know About Memorial Day


Memorial Day is a national day to honor and mourn those who gave their lives in service to their country.

While most know the premise of the holiday, here are some extra facts you might not know about the special day:

Did you know...

  • Memorial Day was originally known as 'Decoration Day', named after the tradition of decorating a soldier's grave with flowers.
  • It was originally observed on May 30th every year -- but that was changed back in 1970.
  • The exact origins of Memorial Day are unknown... In fact, there are 25 places that claim to have invented it!
  • The longest-running Memorial Day Parade is held in the town of Rochester, Wisconsin, which has hosted a parade every year since 1867.

Read more about the history and meaning of Memorial Day on FOX News.