A brief history of memorial Day is here. Originally it was called Decoration Day, and people honored their loved ones who had died during battle by decorating their graves. According to Wikipedia, “By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.” while Veteran’s Day is designed to honor all veterans past and present who served.
None of my loved ones died while in battle, but I don’t think it is out of keeping with this day to remember those who fought and died since that time. I wrote about the veterans in my family once here.
This is from my father-in-law’s funeral. I’ve always thought it was particularly poignant to see these two old veterans paying their respects: