So…half of me wishes I didn’t have to write this post, but the other half of me knows it is necessary.
Memorial Day weekend is (almost) upon us and everyone is gearing up for the first unofficial weekend of summer with beach trips, BBQs and an extra day off from work. I have to admit, I am excited myself to have a three day weekend with a local escape to the beach with some friends, but before I do, I find it necessary to write this post on the true reason we have Monday off in hopes that you may pause at some moment this weekend, especially on Monday to reflect on those for whom we hold this federal holiday.
Memorial Day vs. Veteran’s Day
Do you know the difference??
Let’s get straight to the facts: Memorial Day remembers all of those who have died in service to our country. The holiday was born out of the Civil War and was made to honor service members who gave their lives for the freedom of our country.
Veteran’s Day honors all of those who have served our country – wartime or peacetime, active duty or reservist, past or present. It was first celebrated on the first anniversary of the ending of WWI.
Get it? Good. Both days should be observed to honor some part of our military, but it is important to know the difference. We shouldn’t just be grateful for an extra day off from work this weekend, we should be grateful for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to our country to keep us free and safe.
Last year, my husband and I had the opportunity to visit Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. It was his first time and my second. It is a beautiful, peaceful, somber, reflecting place. I loved being able to share this experience with a Veteran himself.
I hope you take the time out of your day/weekend to remember those heroes. I would like to take a moment to remember two heroes that we think of often, not just during Memorial Day weekend and Veteran’s Day weekend.
Staff Sergeant Vincent Bell and Chris Thibodeau – may you forever be remembered and honored.