The Memorial Day Quiz
by Staff
Memorial Day is more than cookouts and family reunions. How much do you really know about this American holiday? Take this quiz and find out.

Which day of May is Memorial Day celebrated in the U.S.?

  • Fourth Friday
  • Last Monday
  • First Monday

Memorial Day was created in honor of the fallen soldiers of which war?

  • Revolutionary War
  • World War I
  • Civil War

What was the original name of Memorial Day?

  • Decoration Day
  • Civil War Day
  • Armistice Day

Which day in May was Memorial Day originally observed?

  • 29
  • 30
  • 31

Waterloo, New York, is the official birthplace of Memorial Day.

  • true
  • false

Which war is the deadliest in U. S. history?

  • Civil War
  • World War I
  • World War II

In a May 26, 1983, speech about Memorial Day, which U.S. president said, "Memorial Day is a time to take stock of the present, reflect on the past and renew our commitment to the future of America?"

  • George H.W. Bush
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Ronald Reagan

Memorial Day is regarded as the unofficial start of which season?

  • summer
  • spring
  • fall

What time is the National Moment of Remembrance observed on Memorial Day?

  • Noon
  • 3 p.m.
  • 5 p.m.

Which U.S. senator introduced a bill to restore Memorial Day to its original date of May 30?

  • Bob Dole
  • John Glenn
  • Daniel Inouye

What U.S. sporting event is held Memorial Day weekend?

  • Indianapolis 500
  • Opening Day for Major League Baseball
  • The U.S. Tennis Open

How many states celebrate a Confederate Memorial Day?

  • Seven
  • Eight
  • Nine

Which state was the first to officially recognize Memorial Day?

  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • Connecticut

Which Washington, D.C., location held the first Memorial Day ceremony in 1868?

  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • The White House
  • The U.S. Capitol

What year did the Civil War end?

  • 1863
  • 1864
  • 1865

The American flag is to be displayed at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day.

  • true
  • false

Which Civil War veteran is credited with being the founder of Memorial Day?

  • Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
  • Gen. John A. Logan
  • Gen. James Garfield

In a May 29, 2000, speech which U.S. president said, "Americans never fought for empires, for territory, for dominance, but many, many Americans gave their lives for freedom?"

  • Bill Clinton
  • George W. Bush
  • Ronald Reagan

Which flower is worn in remembrance of America's fallen soldiers on Memorial Day?

  • White lilies
  • Yellow daisies
  • Red poppies

The deadliest single day in U.S. military history took place during which war?

  • Civil War
  • World War I
  • World War II

Which state was the only Southern state to observe the first national Memorial Day in 1868?

  • Georgia
  • Mississippi
  • Alabama

What is the deadliest battle in U.S. history?

  • Battle of Argonne Forest
  • Battle of the Bulge
  • Battle of Gettysburg

In 2010 President Obama was the first president to miss a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • true
  • false

What is the increase in automobile-related deaths over Memorial Day weekend?

  • 6%
  • 8%
  • 12%

How many hot dogs do Americans consume between Memorial Day and Labor Day?

  • 70 million
  • 700 million
  • 7 billion

What organization is responsible for the Buddy Poppy program, which supports U.S. veterans and families?

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Knights of Columbus
  • The Shriners

What does the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment place at each grave in Arlington National Cemetery every Memorial Day?

  • Poppies
  • Wreaths
  • Small flags

How many American men and women have died in all wars the U.S. has been involved in?

  • 550,000
  • 1.1 million
  • 2.2 million

Arlington National Cemetery was established on land confiscated from Robert E. Lee's wife Mary Anna.

  • true
  • false

In a 2004 Memorial Day address, which U.S. president said, "With each loss in war, the world changed forever for the family and friends left behind?"

  • Barack Obama
  • Bill Clinton
  • George W. Bush