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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
Waterloo, New York
Boalsburry, Pennsylvania
Charleston, South Carolina

Question 2:


The Uniform Holidays Bill according to which Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday of May, was passed in what year?
1972
1968
1971
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?
Joe Dawson
Jules Goux
Ray Harroun
Tonny Milton

Question 4:


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

Question 5:


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

Question 6:


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

Question 7:


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

Question 8:


In what year was Decoration Day renamed to Memorial Day?
1892
1912
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
101st Airborne Division
3rd US Infantry

Question 10:


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

Question 11:


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

Question 12:


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

Question 13:


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

Question 14:


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

Question 15:


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

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 pentagon
a 100-foot diameter marble globe
a 100-foot diameter granite map of the world
a 100-foot long steel ship

Question 18:


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

Question 19:


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

Question 20:


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

 


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