10 Tips to Help You Keep Veterans Day and Memorial Day in Proper Context
By Scott McGinnis (CEO, XGrunt Inc.) | goombaytally.com | Veterans Day and Memorial Day
The one thing I truly love about this great country is the appreciation many Americans show for our dedicated 1% who raise their right hand to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic …” We also do a wonderful job honoring those who gave their lives for this beautiful and complicated experiment we call America.
Unlike my father who fought in Vietnam, I experienced what an appreciative nation looks and feels like as I returned from a tour in Afghanistan and walked past a line of (easily) two-hundred faithful Americans clapping, cheering, and waving flags as I hauled my bags and weapons toward the airport exit. Yep … I’ll admit it, I had to hold back tears that night at BWI as I quietly walked into a brisk and cold night to hail a taxi.
For years, Facebook and Twitter has placed an unintentional but incredibly enlightening microscope on some of the confusion in our country regarding the history and meaning of Memorial Day and Veterans Day. In fact, many readers have made it a mission to point out and poke fun of the well-intentioned social media posters who genuinely want to show their patriotism, but are just a little misinformed about the general intention behind these observations.
Here’s a few tips to assist in keeping these important days of remembrance and appreciation in their proper context and also help you dodge major social media “shade” for confusing or even mixing the two holidays.
Better yet, if you don’t have the time to peruse this short article, the below tweet pretty much simplifies the two holidays in one single tweet. At the end of the day, enjoy these two occasions but please remember those who sacrificed [literally] everything for our freedoms in addition to those who still stand on that wall today.
“God bless ‘Merica Y’all!”
Memorial day we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. On Veterans day, we honor those who came home. pic.twitter.com/xLD4rZg1vP
— Archer (@Archer05) November 8, 2014
Veterans Day vs. Memorial Day Tips
1. Memorial Day is a federal holiday celebrated in the United States for remembering those who died while serving in our nation’s armed forces. Memorial Day originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868 and is now observed on the last Monday of the month in May.
2. Remember that Memorial Day is a time to honor those who are no longer with us due to their selfless actions while serving. That means people are grieving over the loss of these heroes. Although the phrase “Happy Memorial Day” is heard rather frequently in our country or mentioned on social media…the word “Happy” probably shouldn’t be used in the same sentence with Memorial Day. Imagine losing your nanna and your co-workers coming up to you the next day and saying “congratulations” right? Try tweeting “we remember and honor those who sacrificed their lives for our country,” or “remembering the men and women who bravely served,” instead.
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! For there is no better holiday than a holiday that includes flames and beef.
— Burger King (@BurgerKing) May 30, 2011
3. If you fashion your social media Memorial Day messages like the following…you’ll be on the right track. Follow their lead!
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) May 25, 2015
Spent the morning at Arlington. Take time today to honor our fallen heroes. We're forever indebted to their families. pic.twitter.com/hChhhOVCS3
— President Obama (@POTUS44) May 25, 2015
This got to me… Don't forget pic.twitter.com/tyQNMlGvcv
— Bro Confessions™ (@BrosConfessions) May 25, 2015
4. If you’re in business, avoid advertising that makes tenuous connections with your product or service and Memorial Day. Again, this is a holiday to remember those who gave their lives for our great country. Not only will many veterans find insincere and hollow promotions inappropriate… it may actually cost you business.
— Vegas Blow Dry Bar (@Vegasblowdrybar) May 22, 2014
5. Veterans Day honors all veterans who have ever served in our armed forces and is observed on 11 November. NOTE: For perspective, out of 319.2 million Americans, there are approximately 21.8 million veterans of the U.S. armed forces today.
6. Veterans Day began as a commemoration of the armistice that ended World War I, which is why you’ll see that other nations will also celebrate it on the same day–e.g., the UK, Canada, and other countries that specifically fought in World War I.
7. Common mistake: Remember…Veterans Day is spelled without an apostrophe, e.g., “Veteran’s Day…”
8. If in doubt…you’re Veterans Day social media messages will hit a home run if they look something like this…
We owe our veterans an infinite debt of gratitude. This Veterans Day, thank those who have served or serve today: http://t.co/dpFPgLvk
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 11, 2012
A BIG shout out to my Pop Pop Frank who served in WW2. ❤ Thanks to all the veterans who've made Freedom possible in our country. 🇺🇸
— Candace Cameron Bure (@candacecbure) November 11, 2012
We must never forget that our vets' sacrifices abroad allow us to maintain our freedoms here at home. #VeteransDay
— Scott M. Stringer (@NYCComptroller) November 11, 2012
9. Veterans Day specifically honors all who served, with a particular focus on thanking living veterans for their sacrifice and contributions to our national security. Saying or posting “thank you for your service” is infinitely more appropriate during Veterans Day than it would be for Memorial Day.
10. This Veterans Day vs. Memorial Day meme is boss! Save it. Use it Liberally.
— Redneck Romeo (@jasonwcox1) May 23, 2017
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