57% of Americans don’t know why we celebrate Memorial Day

By Richie on May 22, 2020
405877 03: American flags adorn each grave in Arlington National Cemetary in honor of Memorial Day May 27, 2002 in Arlington, VA. Thousands of tourists, veterans, armed services personnel, and relatives visited the cemetery in recognition of Memorial Day. (Photo by Stefan Zaklin/ Getty Images)

 Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer.  But do you know what it’s REALLY about?  Because half of us don’t. 

A new survey found 57% of Americans don’t know that Memorial Day is when we honor FALLEN members of the Armed Forces who died in service.

A third said they weren’t sure what the difference is between Veterans Day and Memorial Day.  And over a quarter thought Memorial Day was about honoring ALL veterans, which is what Veterans Day is about.

That said, 83% of us think it’s important to do something to commemorate the holiday.  And we’ve got plans this year, even though 8 out of 10 people say they’ll have to do things a little differently because of the lockdown.

The top ways we’ll commemorate Memorial Day are by flying a flag . . . leaving a flag or flowers at a soldier’s grave . . . attending a patriotic event . . . flying a flag at half-mast . . . and visiting a monument or war memorial.