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Memorial Day 2014: Fun facts and trivia about the gateway to summer

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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. These brave men and women gave their lives willing to protect the freedom and liberties of the United States of America.

The date of Memorial Day 2014 is Monday, May 26, 2014. The dates for Memorial Day weekend are Friday, May 23 2014 thru Monday, May 26, 2014.

Are you ready for some Memorial Day fun facts and trivia? A trivia contest is a great entertainment idea for your Memorial Day barbecue. Write trivia questions based on these fun facts and trivia facts and put them in a plastic pail. Have a whistle or horn available and randomly sound the trivia alarm! When the alarm goes off, whoever is closest to the pail has to read the questions. Winners (the person with the most correct answers) can win a big plate of barbecue leftovers, an extra batch of chocolate chip cookies or whatever else you can think of.

Plan your Memorial Day barbecue: Get ideas for decorations, games and food!

Memorial Day fun facts and trivia

  • The Indianapolis 500 has been held on Memorial Day since 1911
  • Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in 1971

For love of country they accepted death… ~James A. Garfield

  • 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
  • Memorial Day was originally known as Declaration Day.

We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them. ~Francis A. Walker

  • 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”
  • 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.

  • 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
  • Taps is often played at ceremonies on Memorial Day

For love of country they accepted death… ~James A. Garfield

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

And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave. ~Joseph Drake

A few fun statistics from kingsford.com and weber.com:

  • 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)..

These martyrs of patriotism gave their lives for an idea. ~Schuyler Colfax

The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree ~Thomas Campbell

Memorial Day, also known as: the gateway to summer, is almost here. Make sure to have all the family favorites like grilled corn on the cob, juicy ripe watermelon, groovy spring cupcakes and directions for proper grilling etiquette!

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