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Difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day

Difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day

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Книга: Difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day
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Дата: Saturday, 18 January 2020, 19:00

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Veterans Day and Memorial Day are similar in that both American holidays honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. However, the fundamental difference between the two holidays is that Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service while Veterans Day is set aside to honor and thank U.S. military veterans, living or dead, for their honorable military service during war or peacetime.

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History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was officially proclaimed a holiday on May 5, 1868 and was followed by its first observance on May 30, 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery when flowers were placed on the graves of fallen Union and Confederate soldiers.
The official proclamation was the culmination of many separate gatherings, both spontaneous and planned, in towns and cities throughout the nation. Memorial Day is now celebrated annually in almost every state on the last Monday in May to ensure a three- day weekend for the holiday. Sadly, the traditions of Memorial have diminished over the years, and many Americans today have forgotten the original meaning associated with the holiday. However, public recognition of Memorial Day is still carried out in a big way in some American cities and towns – most notably with the placement of 260,000 small American flags by U.S. soldiers on the gravestones of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Similar acts of remembrance are carried out at gravesites throughout the nation by volunteers.

History of Memorial Day

Many American cities and towns also celebrate the day with a parade, including the 2004 Memorial Day parade in which was held in Washington, DC for the first time in over 60 years.
In December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act (P.L. 106-579) which created a commission whose charter is to "encourage people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity" by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance. On Memorial Day, at 3 p.m. local time, all American are asked to pause wherever they are for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.