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Memorial Day and Veterans Day

May 24th, 2008
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Note: Memorial Day is NOT Veterans Day. They are two unique and distinct national holidays. Memorial Day is set aside to honor those who died in battle serving our nation. Veterans Day honors all who have served in the Armed Forces. One of my pet peeves is when people mistake the two days. I know that for many war veterans, it is embarrassing for them to be singled out on a holiday set aside to remember those who died in battle. Every war veteran I've spoken with, and I'm an avid student of World War II, every single one, and there have been hundreds, they all say the same thing: the real heroes are those who never made it home.

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  1. May 25th, 2008 at 11:04 | #1

    Paul, I’ve had the same thoughts for some time and you could also make an argument that the 4th of July often becomes confused with veterans and memorial day rather than a celebration of the founding of the country.

  2. Terry Maher (Past Elder)
    May 26th, 2008 at 04:50 | #2

    Not only that, but Memorial Day has lost any specifically military significance for many, and turned into a sort of secular All Saints Day.
    I remember when it was celebrated 30 May, and Memorial Day was commonly used but its official name was Decoration Day, from the custom of decorating the graves. I think the slide to Memorial Day being mostly a three-day week-end to start the Summer with the shift to the last Monday in May both reflected this shift in significance and solidified it.
    The irony is, even that has backfired, and many businesses that formerly were closed on Memorial Day for the “start of Summer” are now open in the 24/7/365 mentality.

  3. Erich
    May 31st, 2008 at 10:40 | #3

    Where have all the poppies gone?

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