Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day 2007

Commemorating Memorial Day today, May 28, 2007.

Do you know the difference between Veterans Day (November 11) and Memorial Day? From the U.S. Dept. of Veteran 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 on Veterans Day, 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. A complete history of Veterans Day, and why it is observed on November 11, can be found on the Veterans Day History Web page.

But beyond the fact that the people who serve in the armed services are either dead or still alive, the two holidays are one in reminding us that liberties and freedoms enjoyed are bought and paid for by the selfless services of those who took arms.

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