O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
Although Memorial Day observance is meant for honoring those who died for their country, I am dedicating this post to my brother Mark. I cherish that he returned home to his family after fighting for his country in Vietnam. I will never forget the day he walked back into our house … so many never came home.
Memorial Day is often confused with Veterans Day. Why? According to the Department of Veterans Affairs:
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.