The holidays of Memorial Day and Veterans Day are separated by roughly six months: Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11, while Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May as part of a three-day weekend that is typically filled with parades and plenty of retail sales promotions.Veterans Day honors those who have served in the military while Memorial Day honors those who have died while serving in the military.On Monday, May 31 of this year, that date will be observed.
You can pay your respects to those who have passed away by attending a memorial ceremony held in your town on Memorial Day or by visiting your local Veterans cemetery and placing flowers and flags on graves there. On Veterans Day, in addition to honoring those who have served our country in the armed forces, it is also acceptable to express gratitude to veteran family members and friends.
Why is Veterans Day celebrated on Veterans Day?
Veterans Day has a similar connection in its origin story thanks to World War One; however, in the case of Veterans Day, the end of the war was the catalyst for the creation of the holiday rather than a modification of it like Memorial Day was.This is in contrast to Memorial Day, which was created as a way to honor those who had served in the military and had died in service of their country.Armistice Day commemorates the signing of the armistice that ended World War One.
What are the national holidays for veterans?
Veterans Day is a federal holiday that is celebrated annually on November 11 and is intended to be a day of remembrance and thanksgiving for all of those who have served in the armed forces.According to Military.com, Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day and was celebrated in celebration of the conclusion of World War I, which was officially declared to have ended on November 11, 1918.
What is Memorial Day and why is it celebrated?
On Memorial Day, which is observed on the Monday that comes at the end of May, members of the armed forces who have died while serving their country are remembered and honored. The origins of the event may be traced back to the period following the American Civil War, when regular individuals would unofficially lay spring flower tributes on the graves of deceased soldiers.
Why do we fly flags on Veterans Day in California?
During the events commemorating Veterans Day on November 9, 2019, in Covina, California, thousands of flags are displayed as a memorial to the service members who have served in the armed forces of the United States. Image courtesy of MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty.