The Difference Between Veterans Day and Memorial Day…and Why it Matters


On Memorial Day, we appropriately honor the memory of those who have perished in defense of America’s freedom. On Veteran’s Day, we honor all soldiers, sailors, airmen, coast guardsmen, and marines who have ever served in our military.

What’s the big difference? It’s beyond our ability to personally thank those we honor on Memorial Day, other than through prayer or quiet reflection; but we can personally thank those who’ve served our nation faithfully, honorably, and courageously on Veteran’s Day.

So, let’s do that. On Veteran’s Day, let’s take a moment to explain to our children why we honor those who’ve served, and what their service has meant to us as Americans. Or take them to a parade or other event that honors our Vets.

But most importantly, if you know a Veteran, take a moment to thank them for their service. Most will be touched, because they’ve never asked for, or expected, any thanks for serving their country. To all my fellow Vets, to all who’ve served before me, and to all who stand watch in defense of our freedoms now: thank you, and may God bless and protect you.

Warm regards,

Herb McMillan

IMAGE: U.S. Navy Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Adrian Bradford uses binoculars to scan the ocean during a bridge watch aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) in the Arabian Gulf, August 3, 2019. Bainbridge is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operation in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jason Waite)

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