The Difference Between Veterans Day & Memorial Day

ByAngie

The Difference Between Veterans Day & Memorial Day

Bivouac Of The Dead, by Theodore O'Hara

THE MUFFLED drum’s sad roll has beat The soldier’s last tattoo; No more on Life’s parade shall meet That brave and fallen few. On Fame’s eternal camping-ground 5 Their silent tents are spread, And Glory guards, with solemn round, The bivouac of the dead.

Bivouac Of The Dead, by Theodore O’Hara

 

Many people do not understand the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day. That’s alright! Don’t be so harsh on them. It is not their fault that they have not been told.

Even coming from a military family, in my early years I thought it was a day to remember all that had passed. Later on, I thought it was a day to honor all military that had passed away. Then came the internet, where all confused people join together, and being one of them I thought it was a day to just honor all in the military past and present. After nearly joining the military myself and then marrying a veteran, the true meaning of Memorial Day was quickly brought to my attention.

 

"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind "   Major Michael Davis O'Donell 01JAN70 Dak To, Vietnam

 

“If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind “


Major Michael Davis O’Donell 01JAN70 Dak To, Vietnam

 

Memorial Day is actually a day to honor all members of the military that passed away while in service, particularly those who died in battle. That is why we often quote, “All gave some; some gave all” (words that were first documented by Howard Osterkamp after the Korean war, but are said to go back further…) on this day.

So if you walked up to a veteran or member of our military today and said, “Happy Memorial Day!”, and then did not receive the reaction you were expecting, this is why.

Here are a few links on the subject:

FAQ about Veterans Day at VA.gov

Memorial Day at VA.gov

Memorial Day on Wikipedia

7 Facts About Memorial Day on Yahoo!

History of Memorial Day on About.com Military History

Lest We Forget: All Gave Some — Some Gave All on Yahoo!

Arlington National Cemetery 

 

In memory of those that gave all… Thank you to each and every one. For truly, our lives would not be what they are today were it not for them.

 

This Memorial Day, we thank all of those who gave everything they had.

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Angie, a mother of 5, currently lives in West Tennessee with her husband of 13 years, Bobby, & 3 of their children. She is a Military Mom to her oldest child and also a non-custodial mother of 1 that lives with her during the Summer and visits during other parts of the year. Angie is a stay at home mom, homeschooling all 3 of her younger children. (She plans to homeschool her children through high school graduation.) She'll be the first to admit she is human & full of flaws. Every day she praises God for His grace & mercy on her life. She's lived in 5 different states, grew up in a Pastor's home, loves to craft & sew, and is what you would call a "Disney Geek" since birth. Her dream of returning to school has finally come true, so when not studying her free time is spent hanging out with her Hubster, talking & playing with her kids, reading, attempting to play piano, sewing, crafting, and helping wherever she can at her local church. If you have any questions or for any other reason need to contact someone about this blog, she is the one to contact. You can email her at Angie (at) RaisingStickyHands (dot) com. She can also be found on Facebook as Angie Schott - Messenger of Love & Victory