What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?

Although Memorial Day and Veterans Day are two separate holidays, there still seems to be some confusion between the two.  So what exactly does each holiday represent?

Memorial Day:  Celebrated on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is a day that is designated to pay tribute to service men and women who have died serving in the military.  In December 2000, a “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed which highlighted that at 3 p.m. local time to stop what you are doing and observe a moment of silence as a form of remembrance and respect to those who have made “the ultimate sacrifice” for our freedom.

Veterans Day:  A federal holiday on November 11th that is designated to honor all who have served in the military.  Veterans Day originally began as Armistice Day to honor the end of World War I.  But, after going through World War II and the Korean War, it was changed to honor American veterans of all wars.

There are many ways in which to commemorate each day, but the most important thing you can do is to remember, honor, and respect the sacrifices that each service member makes in order to fight for the freedoms that we enjoy every day.

Despite the fact that Veterans Day and Memorial Day both have the ring of a federal holiday that commemorates those in the armed forces, Veterans Day officially honors those who have served in the military in any way, while Memorial Day formally remembers those who gave their lives in the service and protection of America’s freedom.

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