Knowing the Difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day
Lou Sobh Automotive | By Cammie Alkire
Often times Memorial Day is regarded as the “start of summer” or the end to a very long year of
classwork. It’s important to remember that Memorial Day means so much more to surviving military
family members. According to the VA, Memorial Day and Veterans Day are often confused and
Memorial Day is the day we honor those who have died in the service of their country. Particularly those
who have died due to wounds sustained in combat. Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in
While Veterans Day also honors the fallen soldier; its purpose is to thank and honor ALL who have
served in any capacity, during wartime or peacetime. The VA states that “Veterans Day is always
observed officially on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls. The Veterans Day
National Ceremony, like most ceremonies around the nation, is held on Veterans Day itself.”
Memorial Day and Veterans Day are very different holidays and we should honor each one uniquely.
How to Honor Veterans Day
This is the day that we gush about our family member who has served or post a selfie in uniform. Many
local businesses offer discounts to active military and those who have retired. Veterans Day provides an
opportunity to call that friend or family member who has served and say thank you. It’s a great idea to
attend a parade or have a bbq and invite veterans. The whole idea is to celebrate and commemorate the
service that allows us our freedom.
How to Honor Memorial Day
Memorial Day is about honoring the men and women who have died for our freedoms. These Americans
deserve respect and their families deserve to be remembered for the precious cost they have endured.
Sometimes we forget that service men and women were also fathers, mothers, siblings and friends.
This is the time to celebrate patriotism and honor the complicated and often emotional feelings
surrounding it. It’s important to express these feelings within your family and even on social media
pages. Some other ways you can celebrate the sacrifice of these Americans is to place wreaths or flags at
a national cemetery. https://www.cem.va.gov/cem/cems/listcem.asp
Join a run or donate to a cause benefiting the families of veterans. Fly your flag proudly at your home
and have a moment of silence for those who have given you the right to do so. Enjoy family time or cook
out with friends but keep the purpose of the day in mind. All in all celebrate life.
And most importantly, remember that freedom is never free. It is our duty as civilians to live life to the
fullest and make the most of what has been sacrificed on our behalf.