What’s the Difference?

Do you know the difference between Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day & Veterans Day?

All three are celebrations of the US Military but each has a different focus.

Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May (TODAY). It is the day to honor all of the men and women currently serving. Created on August 31, 1949, by then-Secretary of Defense, Louis Johnson, Armed Forces Day replaced separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The change came after Armed Forces’ unification under one Department of Defense by President Harry S. Truman and the National Security Act (July 26, 1947).

Memorial Day honors those who have died while in military service. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

Veterans Day ( originally know as Armistice Day) falls annually on November 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States.

I am proud to live in a country that honors our military personnel in these ways. I count many of these people as family & friends. If you kow someone who is currently serving in the US military, reach out today & thank them for their service. It will mean the world to them. Lee Greenwood says it best — take a listen>


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