I hope everyone has a great weekend, but as you head off the rocket launches, picnics, or family gatherings, think about what this weekend is about. It is more than just a day off.
Some facts about memorial day and the history behind it: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history
Memorial Day and Veterans Day are both patriotic holidays honoring the military, but there is a significant difference between the two. Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in the military. This solemn occasion is a time to reflect on the patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and defending the country they deeply loved. Veterans Day recognizes all who have served in the Armed Forces.
What is the proper way to acknowledge each holiday? On Memorial Day, you can honor the fallen by attending memorial services within your community or laying flowers. and planting flags on graves at your local Veterans cemetery. I grew up participating in our local parade and putting flowers on the graves at the National Cemetary in Grafton, WV. Veterans Day is an opportunity to do the same, but it is also an appropriate time to show your appreciation to Veteran friends and their family. You can also recognize Veterans Day by flying the American flag outside your home, visiting or volunteering at a Veteran facility, attending a local event, and, of course, thanking Veterans and their families for their service.
I will spend this Monday thinking of those that have given the ultimate sacrifice in combat. Some of them were my friends and colleagues and others blazed the path that has made our country what it is today.
You do not have to wait for a national holiday to show your gratitude to Servicemembers or to remember those that are no longer with us. Any day is a good day to support Veterans either through a charity or giving a heartfelt “thank you” to those who served.