Each year there are two holidays that people confuse. They are Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Though they appear similar, their differences are important.
Memorial Day is held every last Monday in the month of May, therefore the date of each Memorial Day varies.
Each year, Veterans Day is on November 11th, and the date is fixed. November 11th was chosen for Veterans Day because World War I ended on November 11, 1918, at the 11th hour.
The major difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day is fundamental. Memorial Day honors, recognizes, and remembers those who died during war or active service. Veterans Day is a time to thank, support, and help veterans who are living.
The American flag is flown at half-staff on Memorial Day. The flag is lowered halfway down the pole as a sign of grief and mourning. It is the way Americans honor the sacrifice fallen soldiers paid for our nation’s freedom.
Because Memorial Day is a somber day of grief, mourning, and remembrance, many people feel it is inappropriate to say “Happy Memorial Day.”
It is customary to place flowers, wreaths, and flags at the gravesites of fallen soldiers.
On Veterans Day, millions across the United States thank living veterans for their service.
Here is a video that features the differences between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.