By: E-Gov Link

What do you know about Memorial Day? Discover this Alan's FUN Holiday Trivia Quiz. 
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz. 
 
1. What day in May is Memorial Day Celebrated? 
 
First Tuesday in May 
Last Monday in May 
Last Thursday in May 
 
2. What was formerly Memorial Day called? 
 
Veterans Day 
Decoration Day 
Confederate Memorial Day 
 
3. What year (many experts believe) was the first Memorial Day observed? 
 
1864 
1865 
1866 
 
4. Where was the first "official" Memorial Day observed? 
 
Charleston, South Carolina 
Washington, DC 
Waterloo, New York 
 
5. On May 5, 1868, in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, a 
veterans' organization, he issued a proclamation that "Decoration Day" be observed 
nationwide. Who was the former general? 
 
Ulysses S. Grant 
William T. Sherman 
John A. Logan 
 
6. May 30 was selected as Decoration Day, first observed because it was NOT an anniversary of 
a battle. 
 
True or False? 7. What were decorated in remembrance of this day?
 
Tombs of fallen Union soldiers 
Cemeteries of family 
State Capitals 
 
 
8. Memorial Day was first used in 1882. However, the name was not used until after what war? 
 
World War I 
World War II 
Korean War 
 
9. On June 28, 1968, the United States Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved 
three holidays from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a 
convenient three-day weekend. Memorial Day is considered the start of what? 
 
Holidays 
Summer 
Spring 
 
10. What is one of the longest standing traditions which has been held in conjunction with 
Memorial Day since 1911? 
 
Indianapolis 500 
Arizona Rodeo Days 
Washington DC Apple Blossom Festival 
 
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Memorial Day Quiz [Answers] 
 
Last Monday in May 
Decoration Day 
1865 
Waterloo 
John A. Logan 
True 
Tombs of fallen Union soldiers 
World War II 
Summer 
Indianapolis 500 
 
 
Your silent tents of green; We deck with fragrant flowers; Yours has the suffering been, The 
memory shall be ours. 
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Decoration Day 
 


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