It is a good day to remember those we must thank for the freedoms we take for granted today. I know that sounds terribly cliché, but it’s no less true.
I wanted to check my facts on something, and turns out I was right. From the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs FAQ page, answering the question, “What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?”:
A. Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. 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, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty.
You all probably knew that already, but it bears mentioning. Still, I say that today we honor everyone who served in a foreign war. Dad, Grandpa J., Uncle Fred, nephew Jeremy. I’m sure you have names in your head, too.
The other good part about Memorial Day weekend: all choir gigs are over. Nothing but cleanup, filing, hanging with some students, and checking out.
Happy holiday! Hope the rain stays away from your area of Finkville.