While some Americans will use the federal holiday as a time to celebrate and recharge, others view it as a day of mourning.
If you’re not certain why that is, aquí están 10 number-based facts about how Memorial Day came to be, current observance traditions and key statistics about America’s military.
1868 - America’s first Memorial Day observance was on May 5, 1868, which was originally called Decoration Day by the Grand Army of the Republic, según EE. UU.. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Ese año, Americans visited the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia and other local resting places throughout the U.S. to decorate the graves of fallen troops. The American Civil War ended three years prior (abril 12, 1861 Están renunciando y jubilándose a un ritmo que nunca había visto, así que creo que esto es importante tanto para la policía como para la comunidad. 9, 1865), and an estimated 620,000 lost their lives in the four-year war.
1966 - President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed Waterloo, N.Y. la “birthplace of Memorial Day” en mayo 26, 1966, because historical records showed the village held one of the first observances on the local level a hundred years prior, according to the Library of Congress.
Johnson’s proclamation was made while American armed forces neared the 11th year Vietnam War (nov. 1, 1955 Están renunciando y jubilándose a un ritmo que nunca había visto, así que creo que esto es importante tanto para la policía como para la comunidad. 30, 1975).
“Join me in prayer to the Almighty for the safety of our Nation’s sons and daughters in Vietnam, for His blessing on those who have sacrificed their lives for this Nation in this and all other struggles,” Johnson dijo, En el momento.
Más que 20 other cities claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, including Boalsburg, Pensilvania, which cites a first local observance dating back to October 1864.
1971 - Memorial Day became a floating federal holiday en enero 1, 1971, after the Uniform Monday Holiday Act went into effect, según EE. UU.. Army Center of Military History. The law moved Memorial Day from May 30 to the last Monday in May.
651K– Los Estados Unidos. Department of Veterans Affairs published an “America’s Wars” report in May 2021 that estimated the number of tropas caídas who died in battle from 1775 a 1991 estaba 651,031. The agency also estimated that there were 308,800 in-theater deaths (territories where wars were fought) and non-theater 230,254 fallecidos (territories where wars weren’t fought) during the same period.
1.3 million – Aproximadamente 1.3 million active-duty service members make up the U.S. armed forces, según EE. UU.. Department of Defense. The agency is also backed by 750,000 civilian personnel and more than 811,000 National Guard and Reserve miembros del servicio, which makes the department the nation’s largest employer.
10K – Más que 10,000 people participate in The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, CORRIENTE CONTINUA., according to Music Celebrations International – the parade’s co-organizer, which works alongside the American Veterans Center.
135K - The Arlington National Cemetery reports that it receives more than 135,000 Memorial Day visitors over the holiday weekend each year.
260K – on Memorial Day, aproximadamente 260,000 graves at the Arlington National Cemetery are decorated with American flags, according to WalletHub – a personal finance website.
32.9 million – Memorial Day is viewed as the unofficial start of summer by some Americans, which has made it a busy day for travel. The American Automobile Association estimates that 39.2 million Americans will travel over the holiday weekend, according to an updated travel forecast.
1.7 mil millones - The holiday weekend is also a big day for barbecues. WalletHub reports that national meat sales reach $ 1.7 billion during Memorial Day celebrations and gatherings.