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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?
Boalsburry, Pennsylvania
Charleston, South Carolina
Waterloo, New York
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?
1970
1968
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?
Ray Harroun
Tonny Milton
Joe Dawson
Jules Goux

Question 4:


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

Question 5:


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

Question 6:


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

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 Daniel Butterfield
General Robert Ellicombe

Question 8:


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

Question 9:


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

Question 10:


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

Question 11:


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

Question 12:


Which statement about Memorial Day is true?
Memorial Day is more recently established than Veterans Day
It commemorates the contributions of those who served in the US military
Memorial Day and Veterans Day coincide
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?
Dwight Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
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?
George Bush
John F. Kennedy
Bill Clinton
Richard Nixon

Question 15:


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

Question 16:


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

Question 17:


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

Question 18:


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

Question 19:


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

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
changing guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
flying the US flag at half-staff until noon

 


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