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Be Thankful Veterans Day IS NOT Memorial Day

November 11, 2010 by · 6 Comments 

2010 Veterans Day Poster by US Dept of Veterans AffairsMany people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Both holidays were established to recognize and honor the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces.

But Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday in May, was originally set aside as a day for remembering the honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wound sustained in battle.

While those who dies are also remembered on Veterans Day, which is observed on November 11, Veterans Day is intended 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 acknowledged 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. (*The Veterans Day Teachers Resource Guide)

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” – General George S. Pattan, Jr

Today is Veterans Day. Therefore, we want to thank every member of the US Armed Forces as our freedom is a direct result of their service to our country. Without them we would not have the freedom to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of the American Dream.

From all of us at WelcomeHomeNWI.com we take this day very seriously and truly want to thank each veteran who has served our country, pray for the safety of those who are actively serving our country today and applaud those who will step up to serve our country in the future. God Bless and Thank YOU Veterans!

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6 Responses to “Be Thankful Veterans Day IS NOT Memorial Day”
  1. As a naturailized US citizen, the freedoms that are provided by the men and women who serve this great country are second to none. I would like to personally thank my uncles, my brother, my sister, my nephew, my cousins and my brother-in-law who have all served in the US Armed Forces. I say thanks to all of you on behalf of my wife, my son and I. Thank you…thank you…thank you!

  2. Jim Sims says:

    This is 1 day for all of us to thank and appreciate all of the veterans and active members of our military services! Some may not agree with what we are doing or where we are doing it, but regardless of any individual feelings, we need to remember that these veterans and members of various military branches are serving in these areas for our rights and protections. Thanking them for their unquestionable service is necessary, not only today but any time we see them. When we see them at an airport, hotel, traveling, walking down the street when we are walking into our office, or a relative coming home on leave. Take 10 seconds out of your day and just say “THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE”.

    To all of the veterans and members of the various branches of the military, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!!”

  3. christina fieldhouse says:

    I completely agree with you James. Words cannot express the gratitude that we all should feel. My parents are buried at Abraham Lincoln Cemetery in Elwood, Il and I was told the line to enter today was miles long. The United States offers so much and as Americans we should fly our flag proudly and respect the freedom of choice we have been given. HUG a vet today and everyday!!!

  4. If you would like to send a real card for free to military personnel stationed overseas, just visit the Let’s Say Thanks project by Xerox. http://www.letssaythanks.com

  5. Portage, IN: Let’s make sure that in all the upcoming budget cuts, that the VA gets enough funding for their important mission. Particularly in the case of IED injuries and PTSD, the need for VA rehab services will be lengthy in some cases. The VA also helps us Realtors facilitate more deals with low-down-payment VA financing. A VA Loan has some of the best terms. So let us all stimulate the economy, helping find homes for qualified veterans.


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