We pride ourselves in providing affordable and eco-friendly printing solutions through our remanufactured toner cartridges and ink cartridges that are made right here in the United States. To celebrate the troops that have fought for our country, we're devoting this blog entry to a bit of trivia that might come in handy if you ever find yourself answering Memorial Day questions on a quiz show. Did you know that Memorial Day went by a different name when it was first observed? Is your interest piqued?
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-On May 5, 1868, three years after the Civil war ended, Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, the head of an organization of Union Veterans called the Grand Army of the Republic, was the first to declare May 30 as a day to decorate the graves of war veterans. The day was called Decoration Day.
-While the birthplace of the Memorial Day celebration continues to be disputed by a number of cities where most of those who died in the war were buried, the only official declaration took place in 1966, when the United States Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y. the holiday's birthplace. The declaration took place almost 100 years after Gen. Logan's "unofficial" declaration.
-Memorial Day was declared an official national holiday in 1971 by the United States Congress. It was set to be celebrated on the last Monday of May.
-On Memorial Day, the American flag is flown at half-mast from sunrise until noon. To honor the nation's troops, the flag is then raised "briskly" to the top of the flag pole until sunset.
-The use of the poppy to serve as a tribute to those who have died for the nation's freedom, especially during Memorial Day and Veterans Day, originated from a poem titled The Flower of Remembrance by World War I Colonel John McCrae, who was a surgeon with the Canadian First Brigade Artillery.
-The image of poppies at Flanders fields described in the poem inspired Anne E. Guerin of France who first sold poppies in the U.S. in 1920 with the help of the American Legion. She enlisted Georgia native Moina Michael in 1922 to aid in the nationwide distribution of the poppies in the U.S. Later that year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars adopted the poppy as its official memorial flower.
Still haven't gotten enough Memorial Day trivia? You can find more facts on this national holiday at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs homepage.
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