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Memorial Day Challenge

How much do you know about Memorial Day? Just for fun, let’s test your knowledge. Take the quiz and check your results. The answers are below. (No cheating, now.)

1. Memorial Day was originally called

a. Fallen Hero’s Day

b. Veteran’s Day

c. Decoration Day

2. The first official celebration of Memorial Day (under its original name), took place 3 years after which war?

a. War of 1812

b. Civil War

c. Spanish American War

3. Moina Michael wrote a Memorial Day poem referencing this flower. Today men and women wear it to honor those who have provided the ultimate sacrifice to secure our freedom.

a. Red rose

b. Red geranium

c. Poppy

4. Which of the following statements is true?

a. On Memorial Day, the flag should be at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.

b. On Memorial Day, the flag should be at full-staff until noon only, then lowered to half-staff until it is removed.

c. On Memorial Day, the flag may fly all day without regard to lowering and removing  it at sundown.

5. The first state to officially recognize Memorial Day is

a. New York

b. Massachusetts

c. Virginia

6. The two most popular items used to honor soldiers are

a. Flags and wreaths

b. Bands and parades

c. Flags and flowers

7. The song most frequently played on Memorial Day is

a. Stars and Stripes

b. Taps

c. Star Spangled Banner

Check your answers below and rate your score. 

Answers:  1-c; 2-b; 3-c; 4-a; 5-a; 6-c; 7-b

7 correct answers Go to the head of the line. The first hot dog is yours.
6 correct answers Good work. You can be second in line.
5 correct answers Memory is getting shaky. Check out the Internet before getting in line.
0-4 correct answers Pop quizzes aren’t your thing. Line up for clean-up duty.

 


Happy 131st birthday

Today marks the 131st anniversary of the American Red Cross founded by Clarissa Harlowe Barton, more commonly referred to as Clara Barton.

This outstanding humanitarian pioneered in positions traditionally held by men. Beginning as a teacher, she later moved into a position in the Patent office of the federal government. During the Civil War, she risked her own life moving through battle fields to provide necessary supplies to soldiers. In addition, Clara recognized these military men as individuals and supported them by writing letters, reading books to the wounded, listening to their struggles, and praying with them. She opened her eyes to their needs and jumped in to help.

After the war, she journeyed to Switzerland to observe the workings of the International Red Cross and returned to the US where she championed for a similar organization here. On May 21, 1881, this became a reality, and the American Red Cross was born. She led the organization for 23 years.

Clara would likely not recognize the organization today, but would be most pleased at its growth. The American Red Cross continues to be one of the foremost philanthropic associations meeting immediate needs during times of crisis. In addition, the group now takes a proactive approach through blood drives and preparedness efforts. They provide information on numerous topics ranging from flu to floods with everything in between. These are easily downloadable in pdf format. Additionally, they have an online store where you can purchase items you might need in case disaster of any magnitude should strike. Are you and your family or business ready? You can take their assessment to see and fill in any necessary gaps with their resources.

Interested to know how they rate among charities? You can use Charity Navigator to do your homework.

Sometimes we get caught up in the busyness of our daily lives, yet all around us there are people with needs – some small, some great.  Like Clara Barton, you and I can take a proactive approach to make a difference. It begins with awareness and continues as  we actively participate to find the resources to fill the gaps. Stay tuned for more.