Five interesting facts about Memorial Day
We’re about to celebrate another
Memorial Day 2019 is one week from today. An early reminder: In recognition of the holiday, the Daily Journal will not publish an edition that day.
Different name at first
Originally, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day, meant to honor the Union and the Confederate soldiers who died during the American Civil War.
Federal holiday relatively new
It wasn’t until 1967 the last Monday in May legally was named Memorial Day. It became a federal holiday in 1971.
Weekend travel popular
It’s estimated about 32 million people travel by car during Memorial Day weekend.