May 8, 2014

11 Facts About Memorial Day



Carolyn’s Online Magazine

CHARLES F. WALKER---Civil War Veteran from Trenton (East Lamoine, Maine) whose gravesite is unmarked

CHARLES F. WALKER—Civil War Veteran from Trenton (East Lamoine, Maine) whose gravesite is unmarked

 Charles F. Walker served in the

Eighth Regiment Kansas Volunteers – Infantry

Company 8 under Samuel Laighton

Where is Charles F. Walker buried?




  1.  Why was May 30 chosen as Memorial Day?
  2. What was the first state to officially recognize Memorial Day?
  3. How do the soldiers of the 3rd U. S. Infantry participate in Memorial Day?
  4. What does the National Moment of Remembrance Resolution ask Americans to do on Memorial Day?
  5. Who presided over the first Memorial Day?
  6. When was Memorial Day first celebrated?
  7. What is the birthplace of Memorial Day?
  8. When did Congress declare Memorial Day a national holiday?
  9. When should the American flag be raised from half staff to full staff on Memorial Day?
  10. Who was General John A. Logan?


When did the tradition of wearing a red poppy on Memorial Day start? Who was the first person to wear a red poppy on Memorial Day? Why was the red poppy chosen?

To learn the answers click on MORE

Unidentified grave for a Civil War veteran. Could it be Charles F. Walker???? East Lamoine Cemetery, East Lamoine, Maine

Unidentified grave for a Civil War veteran. Could it be Charles F. Walker???? East Lamoine Cemetery, East Lamoine, Maine

Privates Walker Charles F. Leavenworth Aug. 28, ’61 Aug. 28, ’61 Promoted Sergeant September 1, ’61; mustered out August 28, 1864, Leavenworth, Kansas.

MEMORIAL DAY Quiz Answers:

  1. The last Monday of May was chosen to coincide with the time when flowers would be blooming all over the country.***
  2. New York***
  3. Since the late 1950s, on the Thursday just before Memorial Day, around 1200 soldiers of the 3rd US Infantry place small American flags at each of more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing.***
  4. Americans are asked to observe a moment of remembrance and respect by pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence, or listening to taps, at 3:00 p. m.***
  5. General and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant**
  6. May 30, 1868. It was observed by placing flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers during the first national celebration. Gen. James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which around 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there.*
  7. Waterloo, N.Y. is considered its birthplace because the residents were the first people to proclaim a day, May 5, 1866, to honor soldiers who died in the Civil War. They closed their businesses and placed flowers and flags on the graves of their soldiers.****
  8. 1971***
  9. At noon.
  10. Maj. Logan was the head of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), an organization of Union Civil War Veterans, who took charge of Memorial Day celebrations in the Northern States. He first declared Memorial Day a special day to honor Union soldiers killed in battle.****


A  In 1915 Moina Michael wore the first poppy. She was inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields” to start wearing poppies in 1915..**


The World’s Most Famous WAR MEMORIAL POEM By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields!

Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium



RIGHTING A CIVIL WAR WRONG: A Gravestone for a Civil War Veteran

119 Memorial Days: Still Seeking Civil War Veteran’s Gravesite

Memorial Day Readings on Military Men






1 Comment »

  1. interesting. some I knew and some I didn’t. 🙂

    Comment by merry101 — May 8, 2014 @ 10:56 pm | Reply

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