Every year on the Day of Remembrance, Americans take a break from their busy schedules to remember those who have dedicated their lives to people's daily freedoms.
On the last Monday in May, the feast day is celebrated in May 27, 2019. While most people know that the holiday honors the American military, at times the meanings of Memorial Day and Veterans Day merge.
Veterans Day is celebrated in November and honors all who served their land, including those who served their land and died. But first and foremost, it is about thanking those who have served, those who are still alive.
The day of remembrance, on the other hand, is to honor the members of the service who have died, especially those who have given their lives in the series of official duties.
The day of the award was gradually recognized as a memorial day and postponed until the final Monday in May 1968 with the passing of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act
Years after it became a holiday, then-President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, New York, the "birthplace of the feast day" as it held official celebrations two years before the official holiday of the Decoration Day.
In December 2000, Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act and then President Bill Clinton signed the bill. It invited people to participate in a "symbolic act of unity" and to take a break at 3:00 pm. Local time on Remembrance Day to remember the men and women "who died in search of freedom and peace".
The Civil War, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, was the deadliest of all American clashes with over 500,000 dying. Since the Civil War, America has participated in seven more wars, with the following losses:
- Spanish-American War: 2,446
- World War I: 116,516
- World War II: 405,339
- Korean War: 54,246
- Vietnam War: 90,220
- Desert Shield / Desert Storm: 1,948
In the period after 9/11. Between October 2001 and October 2018, 6,951 military personnel were killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, this figure does not explain all the military causalities of the Global War on Terror.
Each feast day is held at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, including a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and an observing program at the Memorial Amphitheater.