Numerous military personnel have served, fought, and given their lives in support of the United States over the years. It only makes sense that our military personnel are honored on days that are dedicated to honoring their service. Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Armed Forces Day are some examples of these holidays.

Though it can be tempting to believe that each of these days is the same, this is untrue. Every day is different and special, and commemorating service personnel should be done as such.

Memorial Day Began After the Civil War

The Revolutionary War had been the only major struggle for Americans before the Civil War. The establishment of the administration and the enactment of national holidays didn’t occur until after the war had been waged.

After the Civil War, the Grand Army of the Republic, a group of Union soldiers, made the decision to start “Decoration Day.” The day was dedicated to decorating the graves of both Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers. Given that flowers would be in full bloom throughout the south, where the majority of the graves were discovered, Major General John Logan chose May 30 as the day.

The first celebration was held in Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 1868. Every state in the Union adopted the holiday for the remainder of the 1800s. Up until the United States entered World War I, May 30th was observed as a day of memorial for all Civil War dead. After that, the day was designated as a memorial for all military personnel who died while serving in any conflict. Memorial Day was shifted to the final Monday in May after being proclaimed a national holiday in 1971.

Memorial Day Honors – All Military that has died

Although it’s simple to mix up the days, Memorial Day is not the appropriate day to start the BBQ and officially usher in the summer. Although Memorial Day has come to signify precisely that for many people across the nation, its significance as a national holiday is one of seriousness, sobriety, and meditation.

Every American is encouraged to take a moment on Memorial Day to pay respects to the men and women who have served in all branches of the military. It’s a day set aside to honor the lives lost protecting the freedoms that Americans take for granted. This day is dedicated to honoring all those who gave their lives in the line of duty or in the line of duty while serving their country. This is why there will be a National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day at 3:00 pm. There is a moment of silence to hold space and remember those who have died in wars from 3:00 to 3:01 local time. A 21-gun salute is utilized at some ceremonies, like those at Arlington National Cemetery, to underscore the sacrifice and gravity of the day.

Veteran’s Day honors all active military personnel.

After World War I, Veterans Day was established. The official declaration of Armistice on November 11, 1918, marked the conclusion of World War I, also known to that age as “The Great War.” It was believed that World War I would be the last major conflict, putting an end to all others. But that was not the case.

Wilson proclaimed November 11 to be a national holiday in 1919 and dubbed it “Armistice Day.” All individuals who served and were veterans of World War 1 were to be honored at this occasion. However, Armistice Day was no longer a significant day of remembrance in 1954 because the United States had recently finished fighting in World War II. Now, we needed to respect and recognize the servicemen and women who participated in World War II. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a statute changing the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day after it was officially altered by Congress. Veterans Day is still observed on November 11 each year, no matter what day of the week it is on. It honors all veterans who have served their country.

On Veteran’s Day, honor, respect, and tribute are offered to the men and women who have served in the armed forces in whatever capacity. It is a day to honor and give thanks to those who have fought for and served the US. All individuals who have served in the military forces should be honored on Veterans Day. Send them a social media shoutout, ask them over for a picnic, and play some of your favorite songs that pay homage to the troops.

This is your chance to express your gratitude to the veterans in your life for the sacrifices they have made throughout their lives on your behalf, your appreciation for their service, and your pride in them for their decision to enlist in the American military. Today is the perfect opportunity to thank your Facebook friends who were once in the military for their lifetime of service. Veterans Day honors all US military veterans, not just those who have participated in combat.

Armed Forces Day commemorates ALL active duty military personnel who serve in any branch of the Armed Forces.

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The Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Space Force, and Coast Guard are the six current branches of the US military. Every branch has its own day on which they reflect on their place in American history. Even while service members may be passionate about their work, moving from base to base sometimes means leaving friends and family behind or even taking their families with them across the globe. The opportunity to “settle down” for many military families doesn’t come until after retirement. Every military family experiences the stress of deployment, time away, frequent moves, and, during times of war, the never-ending worry about whether their loved one will return.

These men and women, both now and past, deserve praise and gratitude. On or near military posts, there will be celebrations and parades in honor of Armed Forces Day. Find out what occasions are being celebrated in your neighborhood and make plans to go to some of them with your family. Tell your kids why these men and women are so deserving of honor and why they are so important. Recognizing the men and women of the Armed Forces is a vital chance to express your gratitude to them, whether you’re honoring close friends, parents who served, or your kids who have chosen to follow in a family member’s footsteps.

All military branches should be honored on a certain day, according to President Harry S. Truman. Armed Forces Day was officially established on August 31, 1949, after he set the ball rolling. Today, on the third Saturday in May, people celebrate this day. Compared to Veterans Day or Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day is a less well-known holiday, but it is nonetheless just as significant and useful and ought to be observed. On this day, you can honor all military personnel, both past and present.