GoCertify Observes the Memorial Day (U.S.) Holiday
Today is Memorial Day here in the United States. It's a federal holiday, so the GoCertify home office is closed until Tuesday. Memorial Day honors the American citizens, both men and women, who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is spiritually akin to Veteran's Day (Nov. 11), which honors all Armed Forces members, including those who did not die while serving.
We'll return to our regular schedule of operations tomorrow. Until then, why not enjoy this Memorial Day-themed quiz?
1) Where is the war memorial located that honors women who have engaged in military service for the United States?
2) What war is commemorated by the Buckey O'Neill Monument in Prescott, Ariz.?
3) How many soldiers and sailors are commemorated by the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, D.C.?
4) What U.S. veterans memorial includes a fountain in the shape of a five-pointed star that features a ceremonial flame in the center of the water?
5) What monument honors the more than 11,500 American prisoners of ward who died in captivity aboard British prison frigates during the American Revolutionary War?
6) How many American service members are interred in the cemetery of the United Nations Memorial Park in Busan, South Korea?
7) What American Revolutionary War memorial features 13 different trees, each chosen to represent one of the 13 British colonies that united to declare independence from England in 1776?
8) When was the site of the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial dedicated?
9) Where is the gravesite of musician and U.S. Army bandleader Glenn Miller?
10) What battle is commemorated by a highway marker on Texas State Highway 4 near the international U.S. border with Mexico?
[Answers on the next page]
1) The Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA), also called The Women's Memorial, is located in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. It was dedicated in 1997.
2) The Bucky O'Neill Monument commemorates William "Buckey" O'Neill, a cavalry captain who served as a Rough Rider with future president Theodore Roosevelt in the Spanish-American War and died at the Battle of San Juan Hill.
3) The African American Civil War Memorial, operated by the National Park Service, honors the more than 200,000 African-American soldiers and sailors who served in the U.S. Army and Navy during the American Civil War.
4) The American Veterans for Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, D.C. includes a star-shaped fountain with a ceremonial flame. The memorial was dedicated in 2014.
5) The Prison Ship Martyrs' Monument in Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park honors American prisoners of war who died in British custody during the American Revolutionary War. It was dedicated in 1908.
6) The cemetery includes the graves of 36 American service members. Though 33,739 American service members died in the Korean War, most are buried in the United States.
7) The Arch of Colonial Trees, also known as the Colonial Grove, is located in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Small amounts of historically significant soil, including some taken from American Revolutionary War battlefields, were used in the planting of each tree.
8) The site was dedicated Feb. 26, 2019. The memorial, authorized by an act of Congress in 2017, is anticipated to be opened by 2021.
9) Miller, a hugely successful recording artist in the United States, joined the Army during World War II to support the war effort. He disappeared (and was presumed dead) flying over the English Channel en route to Paris on Dec. 15, 1944. There is a memorial in his honor at the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial near Cambridge, England.
10) The marker commemorates the Battle of Palmito Ranch, somewhat controversially considered the final battle of the American Civil War. The fighting occurred on May 12 and 13, 1865, after the Confederate States of America had been formally dissolved.