It’s just one day out of 365 that we set aside to honor those who have payed with their life the ultimate sacrifice so that we may live a life of freedom and liberty. It is NOT national BBQ day! It is about remembering those valiant men and women who, throughout history, now rest in peace.
What is Memorial Day?
It is one day set aside to honor the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Services. It is celebrated on the final Monday of May every year. It was officially declared this name by Federal law in 1967. Subsequently, Congress passed another law a year later which moved four holidays to a specified Monday. Why? In order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The law moving it to the now specified day was made into effect in 1971. (It should be noted that this has caused a good deal of contention with some.)
It’s NOT Veteran’s Day!
Veteran’s Day is not the same as Memorial Day. Don’t get the two confused. Veteran’s Day is set aside so that you may thank our men and women who have and do still serve today. Memorial Day is set aside to honor the fallen.