Facts You Probably don’t Need

  • E Originally, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day, meant to honor the Union and the Confederate soldiers who died during the American Civil War.
  •  E Although not as popular today, one Memorial Day tradition was to eat a picnic meal while sitting on the ground of a cemetery. There are still some people in the rural areas of the south that continue to practice this tradition.


  • E There are more than 300,000 fallen soldiers buried at Arlington Cemetery. On average, there are twenty eight burials there each day.


  • E What is now the site of Riis Park was under water as recently as the early 19th century. The peninsula was gradually expanded westward by the natural accretion of sand from tidal action. By 1878, the peninsula extended as far as the current western boundaries of the park. Breezy Point, the most western part of the peninsula, remained mostly under water for several more years.


  • May is both International Mediterranean Diet Month and Loaded Potato Month.


  • The land on the most eastern part of the Rockaway peninsula is now occupied by Bayswater State Park. In 1907 a banker had a home there which was called “Breezy Point.”