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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?
Charleston, South Carolina
Waterloo, New York
Boalsburry, Pennsylvania
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?
1971
1970
1972
1968

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?
Tonny Milton
Jules Goux
Joe Dawson
Ray Harroun

Question 4:


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

Question 5:


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

Question 6:


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

Question 7:


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

Question 11:


Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia is a military cemetery established during which war?
WW I
American Civil War
Vietnam War
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 US men and women who died in military service to their country
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
Dwight Eisenhower
Ronald Reagan
Lyndon Johnson

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
Richard Nixon
George Bush

Question 15:


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

Question 16:


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

Question 17:


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

Question 19:


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

Question 20:


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

 


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