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Memorial Day Quiz

written by: borough
 
Memorial Day is a prominent date on the US calendar, a time when we all remember our heroes. Take this quiz and see how much you know about this important commemoration.

Question 1:


Which city/village is the official birthplace of Memorial Day?
Richmond, Virginia
Boalsburry, Pennsylvania
Charleston, South Carolina
Waterloo, New York

Question 2:


The Uniform Holidays Bill according to which Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday of May, was passed in what year?
1971
1972
1968
1970

Question 3:


Indianapolis 500 is an automobile race held annually over Memorial Day weekend. What driver won the first edition of the race in 1911?
Jules Goux
Tonny Milton
Ray Harroun
Joe Dawson

Question 4:


Which was the first US state to recognize Memorial Day as an official holiday?
New Jersey
New York
Connecticut
Massachusetts

Question 5:


Which flower was adopted in 1922 as an official Memorial Day symbol?
daffodil
rose
red poppy
tulip

Question 6:


Which Congressman and later, US President, was the speaker at the first formal observance of Memorial Day?
Rutherford B. Hayes
Chestur A. Arthur
James G. Blaine
James A. Garfield

Question 7:


Who composed "Taps", a famous musical piece played in the US military on Memorial Day?
Army Col. James Moss
John C. Tidball
General Robert Ellicombe
General Daniel Butterfield

Question 8:


In what year was Decoration Day renamed to Memorial Day?
1912
1892
1882
1902

Question 9:


The Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, United States, is guarded by members of which military unit?
11th US Infantry
1st Regiment of Artillery
3rd US Infantry
101st Airborne Division

Question 10:


What bugler first sounded the musical piece "Taps"on Memorial Day?
Oliver W. Norton
Robert Cotton
Warren Becks
James Armstrong

Question 11:


Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia is a military cemetery established during which war?
Vietnam War
American Civil War
WW I
WW II

Question 12:


Which statement about Memorial Day is true?
Memorial Day and Veterans Day coincide
Memorial Day is more recently established than Veterans Day
It commemorates the contributions of those who served in the US military
It commemorates US men and women who died in military service to their country

Question 13:


Which US President presided over the funeral of the Vietnam Unknown, held at Arlington National Cemetery?
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon Johnson
Ronald Reagan
Dwight Eisenhower

Question 14:


The National Moment of Remembrance, a moment of silence at 3pm on every Memorial Day, was initiated by which US President?
Bill Clinton
Richard Nixon
George Bush
John F. Kennedy

Question 15:


What is the duration of the National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day?
two minutes
one minute
five minutes
30 seconds

Question 16:


Name the sculptor who created the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Thomas Hudson Jones
John Haserman
Lorimer Rich
Steven Harris

Question 17:


Which of these statements best describes the United States Navy Memorial?
a 100-foot diameter granite map of the world
a 100-foot long steel ship
a 100-foot diameter pentagon
a 100-foot diameter marble globe

Question 18:


Women's Memorial is a site honoring all military women - past, present and future. Which cemetery is it located in?
Barrancas National Cemetery
Marietta National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery
National Cemetery Webling

Question 19:


Which was the first organization of veterans to distribute the official Memorial Day flower?
Veterans of Common Sense
Vietnam Veterans of America
Veterans of Foreign Wars
American Legion

Question 20:


Which of the following rituals is not part of Memorial Day observance?
National Moment of Remembrance
the President's speech at Arlington National Cemetery
changing guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
flying the US flag at half-staff until noon

 


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