05 Mar Memorials for Memorial Day
We’ve set aside two holidays each year for remembering those who have served our country on the battlefield. Both Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day honor those brave men and women, but you may not realize that the two holidays are not exactly the same. While both are times of remembrance, the intent for each of the two holidays was vastly different when they were created.
Armistice Day, or what was later known as Veteran’s Day, first was celebrated in 1919. This Federal holiday marked the end of WWI and is celebrated each year on Nov. 11.
On Veteran’s Day, Americans pay tribute to all American soldiers, living and dead, but actually is meant to give thanks to veterans still living. (source)
Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day honors those soldiers who died while serving in the U.S. military. The holiday was first held in the years following the Civil War and officially became a Federal holiday in 1971. Most Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting memorials and cemeteries. They may attend parades or military exhibitions. (source)
The Difference between Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day
Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. The primary difference is that Memorial Day is a day for remembering those that died in service. Veteran’s Day is the day set aside to honor ALL who served in the military. This could be during wartime or peace and they may or may not have perished during their service.
Both holidays recognize the contribution these men and women have made to our national security and that they have made sacrifices in the execution of their duty
Ways to Observe Memorial Day
Because Memorial Day also serves as the unofficial kickoff of the summer season, many people gather for family celebrations during that last Monday in May. For many, it is also an opportunity to visit the cemetery and remember not only the veterans in the family but all those who have passed away.
Here are some other ideas on ways you can honor our servicemen.
- Place flags or flowers on the graves of soldiers at your local cemetery.
- Visit a war memorial and reflect on the service of these men and women.
- Fly the American flag at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day.
- You can also fly the POW/MIA flag as well to remember those who did not return home.
- At 3:00 pm, join the National Moment of Remembrance. Pause and reflect upon the meaning of Memorial Day.
Always in Stone provides memorials, headstones, and other grave markers for those in Elkhart County. If you have questions about cemetery policy or purchasing a memorial for your loved one, contact us online or visit one of our two showrooms located in Goshen and Elkhart.