The Difference Between Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and Armed Forces Day
Seeing that the Memorial Day holiday weekend kicks off later today (for most of us), do you know the difference between Memorial Day, Veteran's Day and Armed Forces Day?
I saw an illustration from the American Gold Star Mothers on Facebook the other day. I think it does a really good job of explaining the differences in those three federal holidays.
For instance, it noted that Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May (May 29th this year), and remembers those who died serving their country.
Armed Forces Day, meanwhile, is celebrated on the third Saturday in May (which was last Saturday, May 20th this year) and honors those currently serving in our armed forces.
Veteran's Day, meanwhile, is celebrated on November 11th each year, and honors those who've worn the uniform and served their country.
So while they're all similar in nature, there are distinct differences to each day.
And of course, while it's often tempting to think of Memorial Day as the three-day weekend that marks the start of summer, the REAL meaning to the holiday is something we should ALL remember.