Memorial Day and Veterans day
From the Missouri National Veterans Memorial - you may visit their website here.
May 27, 2022- Though they commemorate the sacrifices of thousands of American service members, national holidays Memorial Day and Veterans Day are distinctly different.
Memorial Day honors members of the military who died while serving their country. First known as "Decoration Day", Memorial Day was instituted in 1868 to honor those who died in the armed forces during the Civil War by decorating their graves with flowers and flags. Over the years, the day has transitioned from being called "Decoration Day" to its current name of Memorial Day. It is observed on the last Monday in May.
Veterans Day honors veterans for their service and sacrifice to their country. Originally known as "Armistice Day", Veterans Day was first observed on November 11, 1919 in honor of the first anniversary of the end of the Great War (WWI). In 1954, Congress changed the name to Veterans Day to honor all American veterans, not just those who served in WWI.
Please thank every service member, current and past, that have served our country and fought to keep us safe and free, and use this holiday to remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice so we could enjoy our freedom.