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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?
The Spanish-American War
The Civil War
World War I
The Revolutionary War

Question 2:

What was the original name of the US federal holiday known as Memorial Day?
Remembrance Day
Veterans Day
Soldiers' 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.
Saving Private Ryan
Pearl Harbour
When Trumpets Fade
Schindler's List

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?
Ulysses S. Grant's
Robert E. Lee's
George Washington's
Jefferson Davis'

Question 5:

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

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 Vietnam War
The Boer War
The Cold War
The Laotian Civil War

Question 7:

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

Question 8:

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

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.
Julia Ward Howe
Ethel Lynn Beers
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 Okinawa
Battle of Iwo Jima
The Battle of Moscow
The Battle of Stalingrad

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?
Harry S. Truman
Lyndon B. Johnson
John F. Kennedy
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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 introduced measures to return Memorial Day to its traditional date, 30 May.
He wrote the poem "In Flanders Fields".
He refused to celebrate Decoration Day, due to lingering hostility towards the Confederate Army.
He issued a proclamation that "Decoration Day" be observed nationwide.

Question 14:

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

Question 15:

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


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