Over this Memorial Day holiday weekend, many Americans will camp, boat, fish, grill and spend time with family and friends. Of course, Memorial Day isn’t just an excuse for a three-day weekend. It is also a time to remember the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country so we have the freedom to pursue happiness and live in a safe, secure place.
In honor of those men and women, we’ve compiled a few poignant quick reads and encourage you to reflect on the loss, sacrifice and courage of those who served our country. We’re also including a few facts you can share this weekend.
Three good reads:
What this Memorial Day means to me
- During peak hot dog season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans typically consume 7 billion hot dogs. That’s 818 hot dogs consumed every second during that period.
- Multiple cities claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. According to the Library of Congress, President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, New York, to be the “Birthplace of Memorial Day,” referencing a celebration the town had in 1866.
- Ahead of Memorial Day weekend, the 3rd U.S. Infantry places American flags in front of Arlington National Cemetery’s 260,000 graves and niches.
- It’s legally required to observe a National Moment of Remembrance. In December 2000, Congress passed a law requiring Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to remember and honor the fallen. But this doesn’t appear to be common knowledge.
- More than 36 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home this Memorial Day, according to AAA estimates.