Many confuse Veterans Day and Memorial Day, but the difference is easy to remember.
While Veterans Day is observed each Nov. 11 to honor veterans who have died, the holiday also thanks and honors all men and women who have served honorably in the military—in wartime and peacetime. Veterans Day is, for the most part, to thank living veterans for their service to the nation, acknowledging their contributions to national security and defending the freedoms of our country. All veterans, both living and deceased, who have served honorably and have sacrificed and done their duty are celebrated.
In contrast, on Memorial Day, we remember and honor only military personnel and veterans who died while serving their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.
Whether you are a veteran, know a veteran or have no immediate connection to a veteran, the simplest way to participate in this holiday is to just say thanks. In the week leading up to the occasion, many schools and local organizations will hold brief ceremonies to honor veterans. Nearly all of the events are open to the public, including the ones listed in Anton Community Newspapers’ “Salute To Veterans” special section, included in this week’s edition.
Thanking veterans for their service isn’t limited to Veterans Day. Mail a note to your local veterans’ organization, such as the VFW or Legion, any time of the year—the message will go a long way, and will be truly appreciated.