“Please don't thank me for my military service this weekend. I can wait until November and Veterans' Day. Monday is Memorial Day for those who have died in service to our country.”
"The word is out. Thanks to a widespread campaign that has at times bordered on militancy, the public is surely grasping that Veterans Day is for those who’ve served, and Memorial Day is for those who’ve served made the ultimate sacrifice. Those you honor on Memorial Day should also be honored on Veteran’s Day."
Then there's my neighbor whom I never met, Capt. Matt Bancroft, USMC who died when his KC-130 crashed in Afghanistan in 2002. He was never truly my neighbor, since his widow didn't move their family into the house across the street until 2007, when our daughters became friends. I think about him often, even though we never met, usually when I see his now teen-aged daughter who never really met him either.
So in addition to the entire populace of those who died wearing a military uniform, I'm thinking about those brave men specifically.
It's not just people's understanding of the difference between Veteran's Day and Memorial Day that I hope I'm seeing. This next one is a bit more political in nature, and one that might take a little faith on your part if you were to agree with it.
He emphasized that the problem went far beyond the police, who he said are too often deployed to “do the dirty work of containing the problems that arise” in broken urban communities where fathers are absent, drugs dominate and education, jobs and opportunities are nonexistent. NY Times 4/28/15