A pop quiz on Memorial Day

It’s the day every year that we pause to remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. But what do you know about the Memorial Day holiday itself? Find out with this short, easy and fun quiz from


1. Memorial Day began as a way to honor soldiers who died in what conflict?

A. The Revolutionary War

B The War of 1812

VS Civil war

D. First World War

2. Originally, the party was known by what name?

A. Remembrance Day

B decoration day

VS day of valor

D. armistice day

3. What flower is traditionally worn to honor fallen soldiers?

A. Pink

B Peony

VS Daisy

D. Poppy

4. Which former military commander, and later unsuccessful running mate, is credited with helping to make Memorial Day a holiday?

A. Henry Knox

B John “BlackJack” Logan

VS John “BlackJack” Pershing

D. George S. Patton

5. Since 1971, Memorial Day has been celebrated on the last Monday in May. But from 1868 to 1970, when was it observed?

A. April 12

B May 20

VS May 30

D. November 11th

6. What happens to the flag on Memorial Day?

A. It is not displayed.

B He flies half-staff.

VS It is at half-mast until noon then carried to full range until sunset.

D. It is fully staffed until noon and then reduced to half strength until sunset.

7. Which of the following cities has been declared the birthplace of Memorial Day?

A. Columbus, Ga.

B Waterloo, NY

VS Columbus, miss.

D. All the foregoing.

8. Based on total US casualties, the costliest battle in US military history was:

A. The Battle of Okinawa

B The Battle of Gettysburg

VS The Battle of Argonne Forest

D. The Battle of Antietam

9. Several Southern states hold holidays on different dates in the spring to remember their dead. What is this party called?

A. rebel cry day

B Secession Day

VS Confederate Memorial Day

D. Stonewall Jackson Day

10. At 1,045 acres, what is the largest national cemetery in the country?

A. Arlington National Cemetery

B Calverton National Cemetery

VS Gettysburg National Cemetery

D. Andersonville National Cemetery

Answers: 1-C, 2-B, 3-D, 4-B, 5-C, 6-C, 7-D, 8-B, 9-C, 10-A

J. Mark Powell is a novelist, former television journalist and history buff. He wrote this for InsideSources.com.

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