Monday, May 26, 2008

Americans Need A Memorial Day (May 26) History Lesson

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Americans need to brush up on their Memorial Day (May 26) facts.

That’s according to a survey conducted by the Gettysburg Foundation, which reveals that 65 percent of people think Memorial Day began after World War I, when it actually got its start in 1863, after the Civil War.

Other Memorial Day mental mix-ups include...

  • 35 percent of people think the Battle of Gettysburg – a turning point in the Civil War – took place in Virginia, not Pennsylvania.

  • 33 percent of people think that Abraham Lincoln’s famous “Four score and seven years ago” opening to the Gettysburg Address refers to the ratification of the Constitution, when it actually refers to the Declaration of Independence.

    Despite people’s fuzzy facts about Memorial Day, 82 percent of people believe it’s important to pause and honor the men and women who died serving the country.

    For more info on Gettysburg National Military Park, including tours of the new museum, go to

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