According to the Department of Veterans Affairs:
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.
So today while you enjoy your picnics and kick off the start of summer, take a moment to remember those members of the service who gave their lives so you can have the freedom to celebrate.
I am going to post my father’s headstone. He did not die in the line of duty, but he was injured in Korea and served in the Army for 32 years before he retired on June 30, 1976. He and my mother are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.