There seems to be some confusion about this week’s holiday and what is to be remembered or to be thankful for. Plus, it seems the more I read, even the flower representing this holiday was a mystery.
With that being said, let’s clarify the dates. Memorial Day itself is always held on the last Monday of May. It is a day set aside commemorating those who gave their life to this country while in uniform.
Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday every May and is to honor those men and women in uniform now serving in the military.
Veterans Day is held every year on November 11 for those men and women that formerly served in the military. However, in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson called this holiday Armistice Day to remember those who gave their life for this country. President Eisenhower changed the name from Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day to celebrate those vets that fought for our country’s freedom. For a few brief years in the 70’s, the holiday was changed to the fourth Monday in October. And President Gerald Ford moved that date back to November 11th of every year to restore its history.
Is anyone still confused? It seems following the history of these holidays is like watching a shell game! Or is it just these holidays? And is it a wonder why we, as a nation became so confused? I could only laugh when my son stated five people he spoke with informed him this was Labor Day weekend.
Unfortunately, the confusion doesn’t stop on these holidays! While investigating which flower is representative of Memorial Day weekend, the search brought about further confusion. Some stated it was the poppy flower that symbolized Memorial Day and originating from World War l. Others declared it was the peony because it bloomed during Memorial Day. (Odd, both my poppies and peonies are blooming now!) Yet others claimed the poppy as the Veteran’s Day commemoration flower dating back to the Civil War – or was that during World War ll. I am so confused!
Despite the confusion, please take time to remember those that gave their life to this country for our freedom. This patriot will fly our United States flag with pride and thanks for those on this Memorial Day weekend.