What’s the Difference Between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day?
Whenever there is something regarding a day that memorialized the military it's just common nature for me to thank our troops. I hold our men and women in the military to the highest levels of respect. There is something to be said about someone who is willing to put their lives on the line for us. I have so much respect.
Monday is Memorial Day and I caught myself making the common mistake and wanted to clarify this so you don't look "basic" on these holidays. Let's make sure we all get this right. What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran's Day?
Memorial Day vs. Veteran's Day
Memorial Day is the moment when we remember all those who died serving our country. This day is observed on the last Monday of May. We take this moment to thank our fallen that lost lives while serving in the armed forces.
I think this is one of those days we just look at as the beginning of Summer. Some think Memorial Day weekend is the beginning of Summer attire that includes the green light to wear white. Rules don't really exist anymore when it comes to wearing white. 2019 will be a year to explain there are no rules to wearing clothes and matching colors. It seems it's more acceptable to mismatch.
Veteran's Day is when we celebrate anyone who served in the military. If you served in the military you are a veteran and it doesn't matter how long you enlisted. It's kind of funny that I served 4 years in the United States Navy and never knew I was a veteran. For some reason, I thought a veteran was someone who served a lifetime of service. That's not the case. If you served, you're a veteran.
I've often never thought of myself as a veteran but discounting someone serving four years versus 20 years isn't fair. There are men and women who have encountered more in four years than any lifer.
There is another day called Armed Forces Day. This is celebrated the 3rd Saturday of each month and was just observed on May 18. This is the day we celebrate everyone currently serving in our military.
That's the 411 on military holidays and hopefully, you gained a bit of knowledge. If I was important enough to designate days I would set aside one for the families. I can't imagine how hard it must be for those families while their parents serve. We don't acknowledge it but I recognize how hard it must be. You keep the household together during birthdays, graduations, holidays and life struggles. Nobody ever talks about you but I look at you as one of the true heroes.
Thanks to everyone who is or has served our country. If you see someone in uniform always thank them or offer to pick up a check. You don't have to agree with war but these men and women have agreed to die while we celebrate life. I think that should be worth a damn grocery check right?
Happy Memorial Day 🇺🇸