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Do You Know the Difference Between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?

These two days honoring the military are often confused.

Do you know what distinguishes Memorial Day from Veterans Day?

Memorial Day is specifically set aside for those killed in battle or who died of wounds suffered in war. Veterans Day is meant to honor all U.S. veterans, living or dead.

Do you find some people don't know the distinction? Why do you suppose that is? 


Cyndicadyd May 27, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I think most people know that Memorial Day is in honor of the dead, but that thought alone makes us immediately want to thank and honor those still in the fight. I come from a military family and am surrounded by those serving in the military, including to sons--one currently about to deploy for his second tour in the war zone. If you've been to Arlington Cemetery, doesn't the sight alone make you want to hold your love ones tight and say "Thank you" ?
Sharon Swanepoel May 27, 2012 at 02:58 PM
You're right Cyndi - visiting Arlington Cemetery was definitely an awe inspiring experience. I think most people, especially military people, do understand the difference. For some reason I find Labor Day and Memorial Day are the ones most often confused by people outside of the military. But I also used to feel a little uncomfortable when people would send in tributes to living veterans on Memorial Day. At the Newspaper we were never quite sure how to handle those.
Vanzetta Evans (Editor) May 27, 2012 at 10:23 PM
We should make it a practice to thank those who serve every day. Memorial Day... Veteran's Day... Tuesday...

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