Another year and another Memorial Day. Most people I meet do not know the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. Memorial Day is when we recognize and honor those who died while in the service. Veterans Day for veterans past and present.
“Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.” (http://www.history.com/memorial-day)
“On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.” (http://www.history.com/veterans-day)
So, as a veteran I would like to say “Thanks, but no thanks.” on Memorial Day. On Veterans Day I will say “You are welcome!” all day long.
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