Monday is Memorial Day, the day upon which we honor and observe, not celebrate, those who lost their lives in service to the Nation in the military during wartime.
As a Nation, we ponder with solemnity the sacrifice these men and women made in service to the Nation.
We have three related days pertinent to the military:
1. Armed Forces Day — 15 May
Armed Forces Day is the day we celebrate those serving in uniform currently.
2. Memorial Day — the last Monday in May
Memorial Day is the day we observe with honor those who died in America’s wars.
We do not “celebrate” Memorial Day for obvious reasons. It is a somber day.
3. Veterans Day — 11 November
On Veterans Day, we celebrate and honor those who served the Nation in uniform.
Please make an attempt to breathe some solemnity into your observance of Memorial Day. With your children, make sure they understand the purpose of the day.
A grateful Nation observes with honor the loss of good men and women in our wars. Respect.