Veterans Day vs. Memorial Day

Do you know the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?

From the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs:

Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty. A complete history of Veterans Day, and why it is observed on November 11, can be found on the Veterans Day History Web page.

>> Veterans Day home page
>> Memorial Day home page

Homeless Veterans
“Only 7% of the general population can claim veteran status, but nearly 13% of the homeless adult population are veterans.” More info here: National Coalition for Homeless Veterans web site

4 comments on “Veterans Day vs. Memorial Day

  1. Mark May 24, 2012 11:43 am

    I respect and am thankful for all those who gave their lives for our freedom. But isn’t Memorial Day a day to remember ALL our loved ones who have passed away?

  2. Mark May 24, 2012 11:50 am

    I stand corrected. I researched and found that Memorial Day was in fact created to remember those who died in the Civil War.
    I guess in the USA we don’t really have a “Cinco de Mayo” ….
    I was just curious about this…

  3. Dave May 27, 2012 11:13 pm

    Memorial Day used to be Decoration Day – it was the day we gathered after church then went to the local cemetary to decorate the graves of the soldier’s that died in battle – it went from being called Decoration Day to Memorial Day.

  4. jacob November 5, 2012 2:44 pm

    thank our amazing soliders in protecting us and sacraficing their own lives so that we had independent lives

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