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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?
Waterloo, New York
Boalsburry, Pennsylvania
Charleston, South Carolina
Richmond, Virginia

Question 2:


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

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
Ray Harroun
Tonny Milton
Jules Goux

Question 4:


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

Question 5:


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

Question 6:


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

Question 7:


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

Question 8:


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

Question 9:


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

Question 10:


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

Question 11:


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

Question 12:


Which statement about Memorial Day is true?
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
Memorial Day and Veterans Day coincide
Memorial Day is more recently established than Veterans Day

Question 13:


Which US President presided over the funeral of the Vietnam Unknown, held at Arlington National Cemetery?
Lyndon Johnson
John F. Kennedy
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?
Richard Nixon
George Bush
Bill Clinton
John F. Kennedy

Question 15:


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

Question 16:


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

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 diameter marble globe
a 100-foot diameter pentagon
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?
Barrancas National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery
Marietta National Cemetery
National Cemetery Webling

Question 19:


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

Question 20:


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

 


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