Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day


Did you know there was a difference between Memorial Day and Veteran's Day? I had always assumed everyone knew the difference, but after a conversation with some friends yesterday, I learned that isn't the case.
(Giving credit - my friend Tricia posted the following information on FB yesterday, saving me time having to look it up myself.)

Memorial Day was first kept as "Decoration Day" in 1868 when loved ones from the North and South decorated the graves of the dead (Union and Confederate) at Arlington Cemetery located at the home of the great general Gen Robert E Lee. After the Great War (WW1) the ceremonies were extended to all war dead. This tradition carries on today. Memorial Day has ceremonies at 3pm at a cemetery or memorial.
http://www.history.com/topics/memorial-day-history
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/05/26/why-memorial-day-is-confused-with-veterans-day/

Veteran's Day
On the 11th hour, 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918 the Armistice to cease the hostilities of the "Great War" was signed. Known for many years as Armistice Day it became Veterans Day after the Korean War. It is a time to honor all US military for their service to the nation.
http://www.history.com/topics/history-of-veterans-day

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