Memorial Day vs. Veterans Day

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Lots of individuals think that both Memorial Day and Veterans Day are exactly the same, but they are not. Here is why!

Memorial Day: Last Monday in May.

Veterans Day: Every November 11th.

Memorial Day Pays tribute to those who have DIED during military service.

Veterans Day: Honors all men and women who have served in the military.

Memorial Day: A moment of silence at 3 p.m., is observed across the country.

Veterans Day: Two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. are observed around the world.

Now, two additions to both Decoration Day and Armistice Day!

Decoration Day: Originally known as Decoration Day observed on May 30th.

Armistice Day: Originally known as Armistice Day and first observed in 1919.

Decoration Day: Paid tribute to the 620,000 lives lost during the Civil War.

Armistice Day: Celebrated the end of World War 1 in November. 11th, 1918.

Decoration Day: Day of remembrance marked by decorating graves with flowers.

Armistice Day: Day to give thanks to living veterans who served honorably.

1968: Uniform Holiday Act set Memorial Day as last Monday in May and Uniform Holiday Act moved Veterans Day to 4th Monday in October.

1971: Memorial Day officially set as the federal holiday to create a 3 – day weekend.

1975: Due to the significance of the date, President Ford moved Veterans Day back to November 11th.  

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