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Memorial Day, Veterans Day — what’s the difference?

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By Samuel Scriven

The difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day is that Veterans Day focuses on a day of thanks to the soldiers who have served in past time for their country. Memorial Day focuses on the day of remembrance for the soldiers who have died while still in service for their country.

I feel that the true meaning of Memorial Day has become lost among people because when Memorial Day comes, people think about barbecues, fishing at the coast, or the latest sales and discounts. I think that people need to understand the importance of Memorial Day and its true meaning because without the sacrifices of the fallen soldiers, our country would be under a great oppression.

Veterans Day is just as important as Memorial Day in the way that it honors the soldiers who have served and have willingly accepted the fact that they might die in service for their country. The meaning of Veterans Day is not as easily pushed away as Memorial Day because it is easier to celebrate and remember someone who is still living next to you, that put their life on the line for their country, rather than celebrating a fallen soldier who you might not have known or will forget later on in life.

I think that people as Americans need to take a moment to honor all who have served and are still living, but mostly, they need to take the time to remember the ones who died from the World Wars on today. I can honestly say that I am proud to be an American and have family members who served. Thankfully none have died in service, but I would still remember them regardless and maybe one day join them in their service. “All gave some; some gave all.”

Samuel is a 16-year-old sophomore at Stockdale High School. This article was an assignment from his Art I teacher, Melissa Rust, an armed forces veteran.

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