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Memorial Day in the USA: 4 interesting and little-known facts

Many Americans view Memorial Day as an opportunity to relax, gather for a barbecue with friends, or plan a weekend getaway. But, no matter how you plan to spend this day, it is important not to forget about its meaning, writes Fox News.

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The publication provides four interesting facts to think about this weekend as we remember the men and women who died in service to the United States.

1 fact

Everyone knows that Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, but Congress has set an exact minute to honor those who died. The national law, passed in December 2000, calls on every citizen to honor those who have died in service to the United States at exactly 15:00 p.m. local time. In addition to any federal celebrations, Major League Baseball games usually end at this point, and over the past few years, Amtrak engineers have begun sounding their horns in unison at exactly this minute.

2 fact

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Memorial Day is celebrated at the end of May because flowers are blooming all over the country. General John Logan's union, after participating in the Mexican-American and Civil Wars, proposed that Congress institute Memorial Day for the Fallen in Wars on May 30 (the predecessor of Memorial Day) to allow citizens to decorate the graves of deceased veterans with fresh flowers (History.com also notes that the union established this date as it was not the anniversary of any significant battles).

3 fact

The Ironton-Lawrence Memorial Day Parade in Ironton, Ohio, is recognized as the oldest annual Memorial Day parade in the country, dating back to 1868 and repeating every year without interruption. However, the oldest (and first) parade of its kind in the United States was held a year earlier in Doylestown, Pennsylvania (it is also worth noting that both the organizers of the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. and the Littleneck-Douglaston Parade in Queens. state of New York, consider their events to be the largest in the country).

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4 fact

Taps, the bugle calls at military funerals, as well as the annual wreath-laying ceremony on Memorial Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, were actually adapted from the sounds of a very specific Civil War bugle known as the Scott Tattoo, which was used before the signal lights were extinguished. The new tune later became the preferred accompaniment at military funerals after Captain John Tidball of the Union Army ordered the sounds played quietly at the funeral of one of his soldiers, fearing that the traditional three-volley rifle salute would alert neighboring Confederate troops to their location.

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