Jeff Davis County Veteran's Association
Memorial Day vs. Veterans Day:
A very brief history on Memorial Day:
First: Memorial Day is NOT a holiday set in our Nation for people to have a day off from work, so they can go out and party, drink beer and have BBQs!!!
Memorial Day goes all the way back to the end of the U.S. Civil War. Originally it was known as Declaration Day and was set to be honored on May 5th of each year. Decoration Day was when all the grave sites of all war dead veterans both Confederate soldier graves and Union soldier graves would be decorated with flowers. So, Decoration Day was for honoring the war dead from the civil war.
Near the end of the 19th Century Decoration Day had come to be known as Memorial Day and most places held Memorial Day ceremonies on May 30th of each year and was still for honoring the war dead from the civil war. It was not until the end of World War I that Memorial Day was expanded to honor all war dead from American Wars. Some places may still refer to Memorial Day as Decoration Day, but it is the same.
In 1971 Memorial Day was declared a national holiday and was set to be honored on the last Monday in May of each year.
The Misunderstanding: Many or most people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Most people seem to think that both Memorial Day and Veterans Day are basically the same thing and treat each day as the same, but that is incorrect.
Memorial Day: This is the day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in military combat while serving our great nation (the U.S.A.). The service men and women which died while engaged in actual battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. Those are the service members which are honored on Memorial Day and such is the sole reason for Memorial Day. Memorial Day is NOT a day for honoring all veterans! Memorial Day is not a day for honoring those veterans who have died from non-combat related situations. Memorial Day is STRICTLY a day for honoring those U.S. service members which paid the ultimate price and lost their lives as a result of military combat.
Veterans Day: The military personnel who died in a non-combat related situation are remembered and honored, but are done so on Veterans Day and NOT on Memorial Day. Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL military personnel who served honorably in the military during wartime or peacetime situations both past and present.
So, please help to educated people on the truth and difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
And, if you're going to party, drink beer and have BBQs, do so in remembrance and with a moment of silence for those who paid the ultimate price with their lives, so that you can live yours with your freedom!