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Memorial Day Facts, Traditions, Meaning, And More

Members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion take part in a parade ceremony in honor of Joan d’Arc at the marketplace where she was burned at the stack on., May 27, 1945.

 Honoring Our Fallen Heroes 

This Memorial Day 2019, let us pause to remember the amazing courage, honor, and sacrifice given for us by so many soldiers. Soldiers who gave their very lives, so we can be free. These brave men and women paid the ultimate price for our safety, freedom, and future. On the weekend before Memorial Day, use this powerful video to remember and honor their great sacrifice.

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Major Charity E. Adams and Capt. Abbiy Cambell inspect the Members of the 6888th unit.

The Real Meaning of Memorial Day. 55% of Americans Don’t Know. Do you know the real meaning of Memorial Day (and how it’s different than Veteran’s Day)? Get the facts now.

Learn all about Memorial Day, including the true meaning of this day, how it differs from Veterans Day, and why the red poppy is a traditional symbol—with unexpected origins.

When is Memorial Day 2019?

This U.S. federal holiday is observed on the last Monday of May to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the military. In 2019, it will be observed on Monday, May 27.

Year Memorial Day
2019 Monday, May 27
2020 Monday, May 25
2021 Monday, May 31

What’s the Difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?

On both Memorial Day and Veterans Day, it’s customary to spend time remembering and honoring the countless veterans who have served the United States throughout the country’s history. However, there is a distinction between the two holidays:

2-MAJOR CHARITY ADAMS, WOMEN'S ARMY CORP'S BLACK 6888 REGIMENT FORT DES MOINES, IOWA (c. MARTHA S. PUTNEY, MARY McLEOD BETHUNE COUNCIL HOUSE)Major Charitey Adams Earley, Women’s Army Corp’s Black 6888 Regiment Fort Des Monines, Iowa (c. Lawrence E. Walker Foundation Collection)

  • Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. In other words, the purpose of Memorial Day is to memorialize the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  We spend time remembering those who lost their lives and could not come home, reflecting on their service and why we have the luxury and freedom that we enjoy today. We might consider how we can support and safeguard their grieving families and loved ones who are left behind.
  • Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL who served—in wartime or peacetime—regardless of whether they died or survived. Veterans Day is always observed officially on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls. Read more about Veterans Day go to the link below.

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