Do You Know the Meaning Of Memorial Day?

The Meaning Of Memorial Day: Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military

A new poll by University of Phoenix finds a lot of Americans are clueless to the fact that it’s a holiday to honor military members who gave their life serving in the armed forces.

  • In fact, only 43% of Americans know that’s the true reason for Memorial Day.
  • 28% of Americans look at Memorial Day like Veteran’s Day, a day where we honor all military veterans, not just the ones who lost their lives serving our country.
  • What’s more, 36% of people admit they are unsure of the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day.
  • Only 46% of Americans know Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May.
  • 21% thought it fell on the last Sunday of May.
  • Regardless of whether folks know the true meaning of Memorial Day, 83% of people believe it’s important to do something to commemorate the day.
  • Among the ways Americans plan to celebrate this year:
    • Fly a flag (43%)
    • Leave a flag or flowers on the grave of someone who died serving in the U.S. Armed Forces (30%)
    • Attend a local ceremony or patriotic event (30%)
    • Fly a flag at half-mast (29%)
    • Visit a military monument or war memorial monument (27%)
    • Educate my children about the meaning of Memorial Day (25%)
    • Wear a Memorial Day button (24%)
    • Aid a family who lost someone serving in the U.S. Armed Forces (22%)
    • Educate myself about the meaning of Memorial Day (22%) 

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