Memorial and Veterans Day Reading Comprehension

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What is Memorial Day and How is it Different from Veterans Day?

To many Americans, Memorial Day is a sign of summer and a three-day holiday weekend. But Memorial Day means a lot more than picnics and beach parties.

When it started in 1866, Memorial Day was called Decoration Day. It was a day to honor those who died while fighting in the Civil War. On Decoration Day, people would decorate the graves of soldiers with flowers.

In 1868, General John Logan declared that Decoration Day should be held on May 30. That day may have been picked because it is when flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

In 1882, people began to refer to Decoration Day as Memorial Day. That name became more and more popular. However, it was not until many years later, in 1967, that the name of the holiday was officially changed from Decoration Day to Memorial Day. In 1968, one year after the name change, Memorial Day was changed from May 30 to the last Monday in May so that the holiday would be a three-day weekend.

Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring those who died in battle, fighting for their country. Veterans Day, always on November 11, is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served in the military.
What was Memorial Day called in 1866?
Decoration Day
Memorial Day
Veterans Day
Decoration Day What was Memorial Day called in 1968?
Decoration Day
Memorial Day
Veterans Day
Memorial Day When was the first Decoration Day?
1866
1868
1882
1866 When was the name of Decoration Day officially changed to Memorial Day?
1882
1967
1968
1967 When is Memorial Day observed?
the last Monday of May
always on May 30
always on November 11
the last Monday of May When is Veterans Day observed?
the last Monday of May
always on May 30
always on November 11
always on November 11 Which of these statements is true?
Veterans Day honors only those who died in military service.
Veterans Day honors all who served in the military.
Memorial Day honors all who served in the military.
Veterans Day honors all who served in the military. Why was Memoral Day called Decoration Day?
People decorated their clothes with poppies.
People decorated their houses with yellow ribbons.
People decorated soldiers' graves with flowers.
People decorated soldiers' graves with flowers. Why was Memorial Day held on May 30?
There were lots of flowers in bloom.
So people could have a 3-day weekend.
Many soldiers died during May.
There were lots of flowers in bloom.

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