What is Memorial Day in the United States? How do Americans celebrate this national holiday? What are the traditions? Find out the answer to these questions in the article below.
O que é Memorial Day nos Estados Unidos? Como os norte-americanos celebram este feriado nacional? Quais são as tradições? Descubra a resposta destas perguntas no artigo abaixo.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States. It is observed on the last Monday of May. It is a day to remember and honor soldiers who gave their lives while in military service to their country.
- honor = honrar
Memorial Day is also the day that marks the unofficial beginning of the summer season.
Most schools close for summer vacation before or shortly after Memorial Day.
- shortly after = pouco tempo depois
Here are some common activities that take place during Memorial Day in the U.S. Fill in the blanks:
- take place = ocorrer (atividade)
- fill in = preencher
- blanks = lacunas
1. People visit ______________ to put flowers and wreaths on the graves of soldiers.
- wreath = girlanda
- grave = túmulo
2. Volunteers usually place an ___________ ________ upon the grave site of every war veteran in National Cemeteries.
- place = colocar
3. Some cities have a Memorial Day __________.
4. There are special ___________ at local cemeteries. (Every year, our grandfather, who was a Chaplain and Colonel in the Air Force, was invited to give a speech at the cemetery in Williamsport, PA.)
- service = cerimônia religiosa, culto
- chaplain = capelão
- colonel = coronel
- invite = convidar
- speech = palestra
5. It is a tradition to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff from dawn until noon.
- fly = deixar flamegar
- half-staff = meio-mastro
- dawn = aurora, amanhecer
- noon = meio-dia
6. Familes have __________ , barbecues, or family gatherings.
- gathering = reunião, encontro
7. The __________ ________ car race has been held over the Memorial Day weekend since 1911.
- hold / held / held = realizar
- race = corrida
Answers: 1. cemeteries; 2. American flag; 3. Parade; 4. services; 5. half-staff; 6. picnics; 7. Indianapolis 500
A special thank to all who have fought - and died - for our freedom around the world!