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What is Memorial Day about vs Veteran's Day?

I'm Canadian and we don't have Memorial Day, we do have Remembrance Day on Nov 11 and it's a fairly somber thing for us. It's about remembering all the people, generally military, but some civilian, who have fought, died or are still fighting for our country and it's freedoms.

So what is Memorial Day about? And Veteran's Day for that matter. I see a lot of commercials for sales at stores and it seems like more of a holiday or a shopping thing than anything else. I'm really looking for information here. What does the average American do to celebrate or mark these days? Is it a day of celebration? I see lots of "Happy Memorial Day" stuff and we would never say "happy Remembrance Day" because it's not that sort of day for us.

I really don't mean any offense if any is taking offense, but several of us were talking about it at work and we just didn't know the difference or what each signifies.


Asked by canadianmom1974 at 12:37 AM on May. 31, 2011 in Holidays

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  • Memorial Day is SUPPOSED to be like your Rembrance Day, but like so many other holidays has become more about sales and profits than what it was MEANT to be about. Memorial Day SHOULD be a day to get together with those closest to you and remember and honor those men and women that have given their lives in wars/conflicts/hostilities to protect and defend what they believed it.

    Veteran's Day is supposed to be a day to give thanks and honor to those men and women currently serving in the military protecting and defending what they believe in.

    Answer by Rosehawk at 12:45 AM on May. 31, 2011

  • Memorial day is about those who have died fighting for our country, Veterans day is about those who are still alive!!


    Answer by Crafty26 at 12:38 AM on May. 31, 2011

  • Memorial Day is a day to remember our fallen soliders who have died in battle.

    Answer by PattJo at 1:05 AM on May. 31, 2011

  • Our Veterans Day is the same as your Remembrance Day-- it stems from the day of the Armistace at the end of World War One when peace was declared on Nov. 11, 1918. It honors the living, the survivors, and honors the dead. It is more ceremonial here in the US--its a federal holiday with parades, wreaths, flags, etc. Memorial Day has kinda been co-opted as the long holiday at the beginning of summer, although those of us who live in military communities and families do spend more time thinking about those who sacrificed their lives for their country and countrymen.

    Answer by jmpj8107 at 10:01 AM on May. 31, 2011