It can be confusing. I hear my own grandfather complaining that people do not understand the differences between the holidays. Just a reminder that this Monday is Memorial Day – often confused with Veterans Day – but sadly so different.
A breakdown of these days of remembrance and honor are as follows:
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.
- Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May.
- Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans, that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces.