This Week, the Answer Man Looks at Events in the Month of May

By Andy Seamans

By Dawn Seamans-Shook

May 17, 2014 2 min read

1. The U.S. flag is ordered to be flown at half-mast for all deaths honored by the state. However, on Memorial Day, the U.S. flag only flies at half-staff for the first half of the day and then is raised to full height from noon to sundown. What does this unique custom symbolize?

2. This May holiday is the third biggest day of the year for sending cards. Name the special event.

3. How many U.S. presidents have been born in the month of May? For bragging rights, name them.

4. This famous building in New York City was opened on May 1, 1931. Name the building.

5. Memorial Day is now celebrated on the last Monday in May. When was the first Memorial Day celebrated?

Answers

1. The flag is flown at half-mast in the morning to honor those who died in war and at full height for the remainder of the day to honor living veterans.

2. Mother's Day.

3. Two. Harry S. Truman on May 8, 1884, and John F. Kennedy on May 29, 1917.

4. The Empire State Building.

5. The first Memorial Day was celebrated on May 5, 1866, in Waterloo, New York.

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