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What to Say on Military holidays

As an organization dedicated to supporting Veterans and deployed military personnel, it’s essential for us to clarify the distinctions between three significant military holidays that hold immense importance in honoring our Servicemen and women: Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day. Each of these observances carries its own unique significance, and understanding the differences can help us better appreciate and commemorate the sacrifices made by our military community.

Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day, celebrated annually on the third Saturday in May, is a day dedicated to honoring the men and women currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Established in 1949, this holiday serves as an opportunity for Americans to express gratitude to active-duty Service Members across all branches—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Space Force—for their unwavering dedication and commitment to defending our Nation.

Armed Forces Day is a time to recognize the sacrifices made by those currently serving, as well as to showcase the latest advancements in military technology and capabilities. Parades, military demonstrations, air shows, and community events are often organized to commemorate this occasion and demonstrate support for our troops.

Sample of appropriate greetings:

  • Happy Armed Forces Day
  • Thank you for your service
  • I am so grateful for your service and sacrifice
  • I appreciate your service to our country

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday in May, holds a somber and reverent significance as a day of remembrance for the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Originally known as Decoration Day, this solemn holiday originated after the Civil War to honor Union and Confederate soldiers who perished in battle.

Today, Memorial Day serves as a time to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice made by our fallen heroes, paying tribute to their courage, valor, and selflessness. It is a day to visit cemeteries, lay wreaths and flags at gravesites, and participate in memorial ceremonies to honor the memory of those who gave their lives in service to our nation.

Sample of appropriate greetings:

  • I’m thinking of your family this weekend.
  • Remembering those who have fallen.
  • I’m grateful for the freedoms we hold and for those who sacrificed.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day, observed annually on November 11th, is a day dedicated to honoring all military Veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces, whether in times of war or peace.

Originally designated as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I, Veterans Day was later expanded to honor Veterans of all conflicts.

Unlike Memorial Day, which specifically honors those who have died in service, Veterans Day celebrates the service and sacrifice of all Veterans, living and deceased. It is a time to express gratitude to those who have served and to recognize their contributions to preserving the freedoms and liberties we hold dear.

Sample of appropriate greetings:

  • Happy Veterans Day
  • Thank you for your service
  • Thank you for all you did for our country.
  • Those who live in freedom will always be grateful to those who helped preserve it.

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In summary, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day each play a distinct role in honoring the members of our military community. Armed Forces Day recognizes those currently serving, Memorial Day honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and Veterans Day pays tribute to all who have served. By understanding the differences between these holidays, we can better appreciate the sacrifices made by our Servicemen and women and ensure that their legacy is never forgotten.

Now that you’ve learned about the differences between these important holidays and an array of sample greetings, be sure to share this blog so we can inspire all Americans to honor, remember, and recognize our Service Members and Veterans during these special holidays.

The mission of Soldiers’ Angels is to provide aid, comfort, and resources to the military, Veterans, and their families. We can only do what we do with our amazing volunteers. With in-person and virtual volunteer options available, anyone can make a world of difference to our Veterans and deployed Military. If you are ever unsure on how to celebrate any of these military holidays, volunteering with us is sure way to give back and say thank you our vets and Service Members.