Remember the Reason for Memorial Day
Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day there’s a different between the two holidays. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military in wartime or peacetime.
For those of us in the military community, we remember our friends, our family members. We remember those whose funerals we attended, the memorial services when we heard the name of the fallen called out three times. I remember the fresh faces solemnly staring out in the pictures next to the flag-draped over coffin, the families in the front row sitting in silence.
There will be ceremonies at veteran’s cemeteries around the country and overseas and a moment of silence, the National Moment of Remembrance, at 3 pm local time. Rolling Thunder will be roaring through DC from the Pentagon on Sunday for the Anniversary of the Run and they are expecting half a million bikers. Please remember to take a moment to remember the real reason for Memorial Day. Remember Memorial Day is to remember those who died, and their families.
Blessings & Love
Yael Michelle Edwards
Giles B. Cook Post 53 Chaplain
American Legion Department of Virginia