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Veterans Day honors all veterans who have ever served honorably in any branch of the military, including the Merchant Marine. This day celebrates the living as much as anything. This day allows all of us who are also living to thank them for their personal sacrifice and contribution toward our national security, regardless of their job (MOS, AFSC, ratings), rank, or longevity of service. Veterans Day is celebrated annually on November 11th.

Memorial Day remembers and honors all military personnel who died while in service of their country. Memorial Day especially emphasizes those who died as a result of battle. Often Memorial Day is marked by ceremonies in various national cemeteries and memorials. Many times volunteers place American flags on each grave site. Memorial Day is celebrated annually on the last Monday of May, with a national moment of remembrance at 3:00 pm local time.

Why is this important? There are men and women in your community who have sacrificed for your freedom. Take a moment or two to thank them. We need to tell them “Thank you!” while we have the opportunity. Once they are gone, we missed our opportunity.

Want to thank a veteran, here is a Thank You Veterans post from the archive.

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