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Facts You Didn't Know About Memorial Day



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    Sgt. Iwona Kosmaczewska assists with the process of placing flags at the headstones of U.S. military personnel buried at Arlington National Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day May 25, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. 'Flags-In' has become an annual ceremony since the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) was designated to be an Army's official ceremonial unit in 1948.

    Did you know that 25 American cities claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day? Or that 1.5 million people will watch the National Memorial Day Parade on TV?

    A new infographic from WalletHub, "Memorial Day By The Numbers" is a trove of fascinating facts and striking stats, NBC News reported.

    "It's a day of remembrance, but also a big eating holiday, a big travel weekend, as well as a big sales weekend. We included all this data because one category really snowballs into the next," said Jill Gonzalez, analyst at WalletHub.

    Seth Birnbaum, CEO and co-founder of EverQuote, told NBC News that Memorial Day weekend is one of the most dangerous times in the U.S to be on the road.

    "Unfortunately, the influx of cars on the road this weekend means there will be an influx of distracted drivers," Birnbaum said.