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

Question 2:

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

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?
Waterloo, New York
Sharpsburg, Maryland
Columbus, Mississippi
Charleston, South Carolina

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 Boer War
The Cold War
The Vietnam War
The Laotian Civil 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?
We Shall Keep the Faith
I Stand Before You
In Flanders Fields
Freedom is not free

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
Moina Michael
Betsy Ross

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
The Battle of Moscow
Battle of Iwo Jima
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?
Harry S. Truman
John F. Kennedy
Dwight D. Eisenhower
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 wrote the poem "In Flanders Fields".
He introduced measures to return Memorial Day to its traditional date, 30 May.
He issued a proclamation that "Decoration Day" be observed nationwide.
He refused to celebrate Decoration Day, due to lingering hostility towards the Confederate Army.

Question 14:

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

Question 15:

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


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