To quote from Commander Bob Cooper of our Local VFW Chapter:
Q. What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?
A. 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 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.
This afternoon, members of our local V.F.W., American Legion, DAV, Combat Vet Riders, Boy & Girl Scouts and others gathered at Meadowlawn Cemetery here to put flags on the graves. We put them on ALL Veterans, whether they died as a result of hostile action or not! We had a List to make sure that the un-marked graves still got it's flag. Beautiful, but warm (low 90's) day!
* Update - newspaper coverage here.
Connie Hudson -Quartermaster & Water Boy