Differences Between Memorial Day and Veterans Day

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It’s a discussion every year, with some confusion about what the two holidays, Memorial Day and Veterans Day represent.

According to Wikipedia:

Memorial Day (or less commonly called Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring people who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day, particularly to honor those who died in military service.

Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.

According to History dot com:

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.

Veterans Day, according to Wikipedia:

…is an official public holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

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