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Memorial Day

written by: Eve
Check you knowledge of the holiday which commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States.

Question 1:

Memorial Day was first enacted to honor soldiers who died in what war?
World War I
The Revolutionary War
The Spanish-American War
The Civil War

Question 2:

What was the original name of the US federal holiday known as Memorial Day?
Veterans Day
Soldiers' Day
Remembrance Day
Decoration Day

Question 3:

At the beginning of this 1998 epic war movie, an elderly World War II veteran and his family visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France.
Pearl Harbour
Saving Private Ryan
Schindler's List
When Trumpets Fade

Question 4:

Arlington National Cemetery was established during the American Civil War on the grounds of the estate which once belonged to Mary Anna Custis' family. Whose wife was Mary Anna Custis?
Jefferson Davis'
Ulysses S. Grant's
Robert E. Lee's
George Washington's

Question 5:

What village was designated as the official birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon B. Johnson?
Sharpsburg, Maryland
Charleston, South Carolina
Columbus, Mississippi
Waterloo, New York

Question 6:

In Arlington National Cemetery there is a small memorial which commemorates the veterans of the "Secret War". Which war conflict does the term "Secret War" refer to?
The Laotian Civil War
The Cold War
The Boer War
The Vietnam War

Question 7:

At what time does the National Moment of Remembrance take place on Memorial Day?
4. p.m
None of these
3 p.m
2 p.m.

Question 8:

What notable memorial war poem was written by Canadian poet and physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae?
Freedom is not free
In Flanders Fields
I Stand Before You
We Shall Keep the Faith

Question 9:

Known as the "Poppy Lady", this U.S. professor and humanitarian conceived the idea of wearing poppies as a symbol of remembrance for those who served in World War I.
Ethel Lynn Beers
Julia Ward Howe
Betsy Ross
Moina Michael

Question 10:

Franklin Sousley, Harlon Block, and Michael Strank, who were immortalized in an iconic photo by Joe Rosenthal, were killed during what WWII battle?
The Battle of Stalingrad
Battle of Iwo Jima
The Battle of Moscow
The Battle of Okinawa

Question 11:

What US President presided over the entombment of the Unknown Soldier of World War II and the Unknown Soldier of the Korean War?
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Harry S. Truman
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson

Question 12:

What was the occupation of Nora Fontaine Davidson who is regarded as the inspiration for the US Memorial Day?

Question 13:

What statement is true about General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic?
He issued a proclamation that "Decoration Day" be observed nationwide.
He introduced measures to return Memorial Day to its traditional date, 30 May.
He refused to celebrate Decoration Day, due to lingering hostility towards the Confederate Army.
He wrote the poem "In Flanders Fields".

Question 14:

What Union general is credited with composing the bugle call "Taps", which is sounded on Memorial Day?
Daniel Butterfield
Fitz John Porter
Philip Kearny
Ulysses S. Grant

Question 15:

What automobile race is held annually over the Memorial Day weekend, starting in 1911?
None of these
Daytona 500
Sprint Cup
Indianapolis 500


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