Monday, July 14, 2014

Indy 500, 2014--Part 12: Veterans and History of Memorial Day

May 24th, 2014.  Looking through the Indianapolis Star newspaper.  I see that the USA Today, which has a part of the Star had one of their graphics about the age of our veterans, since this Memorial Day and all about veterans, especially those that gave their lives in the service of their country.

 According to USA Today, there are 2,695 male veterans over the age of 100 and 223 women.

At 65+, there are 8,903, 318 men and 259,397 women.

Memorial Day was formally commemorated on May 30 for over 100 years. before becoming a federal holiday in 1967.  In 1968, Congress officially declared it to be observed on the last Monday in may.  This was not a popular move.  According to a Harris Poll in late 1967, 38% favored the move and 59% were against it.

Why We Have It  --RoadDog

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