Memorial Day is not a day for the living. Well, not the living veterans and current service members anyway. Memorial Day is a day to pay tribute to our brothers and sisters in arms who have given the ultimate sacrifice so that we may continue to have all our wonderful freedoms. Memorial Day is a day to think about the family members left behind of our fallen comrades – mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters. Memorial Day is a day to lay flowers on graves of those who have given their lives in the service of our great country and to pray for their families left behind. Memorial Day is a somber day, a day of thought and prayer, listening to the haunting sounds of "Taps" being played by a lone bugler. Memorial Day is a day to remember.
While I appreciate those who thanked me for my service today, today was not my day. My day is Veterans Day in November. Veterans Day is when you thank the living Veterans – those who have served and those who are still serving. Of course, it is appropriate to thank a veteran or a service member any day, but that is not the point of this post. The point of this post is to educate about the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.