What’s the Difference Between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?

This weekend is Memorial Day weekend and sometimes we get asked what the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day is. According to the Veterans Administration:

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, 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.

We would not be where we are today as a nation if it were not for the few that gave so much for the many. Americans owe so much to the men and women that serve and have served our country since the beginning. On this Memorial Day, let us not only remember but honor these selfless American heroes and appreciate their service.

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“Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day has its origins in the observances of organized women’s groups who would come together and use flowers to decorate the graves of loved ones who died in the Civil War.”

“WWI: Over 24,000 women served in World War I half of whom were nurses in the Navy, Army, and Red Cross.”

“WWII: From 1942-1945, while men fought in the battlefront of World War II, over 18 million women filled the civilian and defense positions created is the country’s shift to wartime productions.”

“Today: In Iraq, the front line is everywhere and everywhere in Iraq, women in the U.S. military fight. More than 155,000 of them have served in Iraq since 2003. This is 4 times the number of women sent to Desert Storm in 1991- and more than 430 have been wounded and over 70 killed. This is almost twice the number of U.S. military women killed in action in Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm combined.”

“Military Pioneers:

•During the Mexican War, Elizabeth C. Newcume, in male attire, was brought into military service at Fort Leavenworth in September 1847. She served ten months and spent time fighting Indians at Dodge City until her sex was discovered and she was discharged.

•The first woman to receive The Medal of Honor was Dr. Mary E. Walker, a contract surgeon during the Civil War.

•The first woman to receive The Purple Heart was Annie G. Fox while serving at Hickam Field during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec 7 1941.

•Loretta Walsh was the first woman to enlist in March 1917.

•The first military all women band was the Women’s Army Band organized at Fort Des Moines in 1942. It was led by then sergeant, MaryBelle Nissly.

•In 1967 Master Sergeant Barbara J. Dulinsky, who had volunteered for duty in Vietnam, reported to the Military Assistance Command in Saigon – the first woman Marine ordered to a combat zone.

•In 1990 Commander Darlene Iskra became the first woman to command a U.S. Navy ship – the U.S.S. Opportune.”

Each year for memorial day my family and I go to a small cemetery near the town I grew up in. We place flags at the headstones of all those that served in the military. We also post all the service flag for those interred there. Leaving the cemetery is quite a moving sight. 

As we ended our setup yesterday I saw this headstone.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

–John McCrae

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The Patriot Guard Riders by Jamie Seed
Via Flickr:
U.S. Army Spc. Clayton McGarrah of Harrison, AR was laid to rest today at Maplewood Cemetery. The <a href=“http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriot_guard” rel=“nofollow”>Patriot Guard</a> is a group of motorcyclists who are often invited to military funerals when the <a href=“http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westboro_Baptist_Church” rel=“nofollow”>Westboro Baptist Church</a> threatens to protest. The cowards at WBC threatened to show in Harrison, but were scared away by the Patriot Guard and the enormous support for the McGarrah family by the community. This touched me so much I just had to share it. <a href=“http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=xnaQ8hneg3w” rel=“nofollow”>God bless America.</a>

Making a Complaint a Gift

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