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Memorial Day Resources in eLibrary

ProQuest Memorial Research Topic Page

ProQuest Memorial Day Research Topic Page via eLibrary

How much do you know about Memorial Day?  Take this quick quiz to find out.

If you didn’t do very well, you’re not alone, and that is why in 2000, the National Moment of Remembrance was introduced following polls that showed that many people were misinformed about the history and reason for the holiday. At 3 p.m. local time every Memorial Day, people around the U.S. stop everything for one minute of silence and reflection about the people who have died in military service to their country.

While there is debate about what place has claim to the first Memorial Day observance, it is known that the first nationwide occurrence was in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic’s General John A. Logan designated May 30 as a day “for strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land.” Logan was likely inspired by the tradition southern ladies had adopted during and after the Civil War of honoring fallen Confederates, a tradition which itself had grown partially out of the grim task of re-interring soldiers who had been hastily buried in farmers’ fields during the war. The name “Memorial Day” was officially established by Congress in 1967, and in 1971, as a result of the Federal Uniform Holidays Act, it was moved from May 30 to the last Monday in May.

The three-day weekend of Memorial Day is known for cookouts, parades, sales and the Indianapolis 500, but many would prefer that people focus on the true meaning of the day, and many do so.

If you are doing an assignment on Memorial Day or are looking for materials for your classroom, see the links in the text above and also check out the following eLibrary resources. Of course, you can always using Basic and Advanced searches to find out more on this and other topics.

Research Topics:

Arlington National Cemetery

Gettysburg Address

Marine Corps Memorial

Memorial Day

National World War II Memorial

Tomb of the Unknowns

Veterans Day

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

World War II


Books (linked tables of contents):

The American Revolution: A History in Documents

The Civil War: A History in Documents

The Vietnam War: A History in Documents

World War I: A History in Documents


Website (via eLibrary)

Library of Congress: Memorial Day