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Old 05-26-2014, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Isn't Memorial Day about remembering every dearly departed person who made great contributions?

Well even now that I've said that it still seems a bit too broad.

Are Memorial Day AND Veterans's Day all about the military?

If so, a bit redundant isn't it? Not that I'd ever complain about 3-day weekends.

(Where I'm coming from: 1) I'm a military Veteran. 2) My father passed away over a decade ago and his brother sends me a new photo of fresh flowers on my daddy's grave every Memorial Day.)
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Old 05-26-2014, 01:35 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Memorial Day originally honored the people killed in the American Civil War, but has become a day on which the American dead of all wars are remembered. It is observed the last Monday of May.

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day and established to honor Americans who had served in World War I. It now honors veterans of all wars in which the U.S. has fought. It is celebrated on November 11.

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.

INFORMATION FROM: American Holidays | USA.gov

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Old 05-26-2014, 01:41 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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If so, a bit redundant isn't it?
No. I believe "remembering the men and women who died while serving in the country's armed forces" is never redundant.
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Old 05-26-2014, 01:44 PM
 
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Armed Forces Day (3rd Saturady in May) recognized and honors those who are currently serving in the US Armed Forces.

Memorial Day (last Monday of May) recognizes and honors those who died in service with the US Armed Forces.

Veteran's Day (November 11th) recognizes and honors all those who have served in the US Armed Forces.
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:32 AM
 
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Isn't Memorial Day about remembering every dearly departed person who made great contributions?

Well even now that I've said that it still seems a bit too broad.

Are Memorial Day AND Veterans's Day all about the military?

If so, a bit redundant isn't it? Not that I'd ever complain about 3-day weekends.

(Where I'm coming from: 1) I'm a military Veteran. 2) My father passed away over a decade ago and his brother sends me a new photo of fresh flowers on my daddy's grave every Memorial Day.)
Memorial Day weekend is a 3 day holiday period. But Veterans Day isn't part of a long weekend as it is always on November 11.
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Old 05-27-2014, 06:08 PM
 
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While Memorial Day was always (of what I was taught) a day to honor our deceased military, many people visited cemeteries to place flowers on their non-military loved ones' graves. It became a tradition in some families. But, yes. Memorial Day is mostly to honor our fallen military.
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:58 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Memorial Day was organized by the GAR and originally intended to honor the loyal American dead from the Civil War, not the rebel dead. It was a day to remember the sacrifices made suppressing the rebellion.
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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As Poncho_NM stated: Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the country's armed forces.[1] The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the last Monday of May,[2] was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.[
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Old 05-30-2014, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Memorial Day is a National holiday that nearly everyone observes (government and private employers, as well as schools).

Veterans Day is generally a holiday for government employees, banks, and schools. Consequently, it is a regular day for many veterans, and a holiday for many non-veterans and those too young to be veterans.

Armed Forces Day is always on a Saturday, and therefore not a holiday.
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Old 05-30-2014, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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I recently attended a class on a military base and the class was scheduled to meet on Veterans Day. Everyone in the class was a veteran and when I inquired if we got the day off the idiot professor said "Veterans Day is a day off for civilians to remember veterans not for veterans to have a day off" (the prof was not a veteran). I told him he was an idiot and I took the day off anyway. I was called into the Dean's office after the professor reported me for calling him an idiot and after hearing what the professor had said, the Dean said "that guy is an idiot, I'll take care of him".

I don't think that Professor will say that to a veteran again.

As has been said, Memorial Day is to remember those that have fallen while serving in the armed forces. Veterans day is to remember and honor all veterans.
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