Memorial Day: What It Means, Why It's Not 'Veterans Day' and How to Approach Your Veterans

On Memorial Day, many well-intentioned people take time to tell the veterans in their lives, “Thank you for your service.”


This common misconception, that Memorial Day is a time to thank veterans, is not in fact what the holiday is intended for.

“Memorial Day is essentially the one day that we should remember all veterans that are no longer with us, whether that is from combat, everyday accidents or just the natural course of life with people dying of old age,” said Chris Wilson, VP of major accounts at Fair360, formerly DiversityInc. “You ‘memorialize’ those that decided to sign a contract to be a part of something that would help the American people by joining the American military.”

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