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Memorial Day: Different People Honored Than on Veterans Day

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Memorial Day is not the same as Veterans Day

Memorial Day is not the same as Veterans Day

Memorial Day and Veterans Day are federal holidays. According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, many people often get the two holidays confused.

Those who served or are serving in the military are honored on both days but for different reasons.

Both holidays are celebrated with parades and other gatherings. Some restaurants honor military people on both holidays by giving them a free or discounted meal as long as they show their proper identification.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is always the fourth Monday in May, and the date changes from year to year. This particular holiday is observed to honor all people who died or were wounded while serving in the military.

Like Veterans Day, Memorial Day had another name at first. Memorial Day was first called Decoration Day. From 1968 to 1970, the holiday used to be celebrated on May 30 no matter which day of the week it was on. Now, Memorial Day is observed every year on the last Monday in May no matter what date it falls on. This is to give people a long weekend.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials to honor those who have died, whether they were in the military or not.

Even though summer started on March 21, Memorial Day marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season. Beaches will be crowded on Memorial Day weekend. Pools around the city will officially open on Memorial Day and will remain open during the summer.

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day is always on November 11 no matter which day of the week it falls on. Even so, expect recognition to be given to veterans in local church services on the previous Sunday.

Since Veterans Day is a legal holiday, federal employees and government employees will get the day off. Post Offices are closed. Check with banks, schools, and other agencies in your area to see what is open and what is closed on Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a legal federal holiday to celebrate and honor all persons who served in the military and those who are still serving. This is different from those who are honored on Memorial Day.

Veterans Day was first called Armistice Day by President Woodrow Wilson because it was the anniversary of the signing of the truce made to end World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, There was a brief pause in businesses and schools at exactly 11 a.m.

Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1954.

During an official ceremony, a wreath is placed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

Restaurants and other companies offer free things for veterans. It is up to the individual company to decide how they will honor veterans.

Memorial DayVeterans Day

Federal holiday

Federal holiday

Last Monday in May. Date not same every year

Always on November 11 no matter what date it fall on

Celebrated with parades

Celebrated with parades

Used to be called Decoration Day

Used to be called Armistice Day

Wreath placed on Tomb of Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery

Wreath placed on Tomb of Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery

Celebrated with American flag

Celebrated with American flag

Which Holiday?

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Which holiday is always celebrated on November 11 no matter which day the date falls on?
    • Memorial Day
    • Veterans Day
  2. Which day is always celebrated on the fourth Monday in May and the date changes from year to year?
    • Veterans Day
    • Memorial Day
  3. Which is a federal holiday?
    • Veterans Day
    • Memorial Day
    • Both of Them
    • Neither of Them
  4. Which day honors all people who have served or are still serving in the military whether living or dead?
    • Veterans Day
    • Memorial Day
    • Both of the above
    • Neither of the above
  5. Which holiday honors those who served in the military who are dead and those who were wounded in service?
    • Veterans Day
    • Memorial Day
    • Both of the holidays
    • Neither of the holidays
  6. Which holiday used to be called Decoration Day?
    • Veterans Day
    • Memorial Day
    • Both of the Above
    • Neither of the Above
  7. Which day used to called Armistice Day?
    • Veterans Day
    • Memorial Day
    • Both of the Above
    • Neither of the Above

Answer Key

  1. Veterans Day
  2. Memorial Day
  3. Both of Them
  4. Veterans Day
  5. Memorial Day
  6. Memorial Day
  7. Veterans Day

Comments

RTalloni on November 12, 2018:

Thanks for highlighting Veteran's Day this way!

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on November 10, 2018:

R Talloni, thanks a lot for reading and responding about Veteran's Day which is tomorrow. I wrote the article when Memorial Day was approaching. I had forgotten I wrote it. I will update and publicize it for the upcoming legal holiday.

RTalloni on November 10, 2018:

So glad to find this just before this Veteran's Day. It is sad that so many do not know the difference. Thank you for a useful patriotic post!

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on November 12, 2017:

Thanks for the correction, Tim!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on November 12, 2017:

I'm sorry - I made a mistake. My wife's dad and my dad served in the military. I didn't write that correctly. I beg your pardon, sincerely. She likes your hubs, too. Thank you. These are special holidays.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on November 12, 2017:

Dora, thanks for reading and commenting. Yes, many people get the two holidays mixed up. I have to think hard about which holiday we celebrate in May and which one is celebrated in November.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 12, 2017:

Thanks for this article. Never even thought how similar they were. Guess I didn't think deeply enough.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on November 12, 2017:

WOW! Tim, that was a beautiful comment about your wife and your dad. It was nice what you said about "the added benefit of observing and learning how to honor one another in marriage." That's a great testimony!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on November 11, 2017:

Excellent article. Both my wife and my dad served in the military at some point, going on to have careers once they were done. We honor them all year round by flying a United States flag in our yard. Not only did they protect our country, but we received the added benefit of observing and learning how to honor one another in marriage.

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