Time to Disambiguate Misunderstandings Surrounding U.S. Military Veteran Holidays
Today we honor our veterans, those who have served bravely and courageously to keep America safe, secure and free. Happy Veterans Day to those who are military veterans.
How is one classified a U.S. veteran?
“The most common usage is for former armed services personnel. Veteran is one who has served in the armed forces, but usually not someone who had a dishonorable discharge. It is especially applied to those who served for an entire career, usually of 20 years or more, but may be applied for someone who has only served one tour of duty. A common misconception is that one had to have either been in combat and/or has retired from active duty to be called a military veteran. Because of this widely held misconception, women have sometimes excluded themselves from veterans groups or benefits, despite military service.”
Also, I would love it if somebody would please “splain” to TV networks, Obama and the Democratic party, liberals, and anyone else who does not realize that Veterans Day is not the same as Memorial Day, and vice versa.
For their edification:
- VETERANS DAY is for honoring LIVING veterans, observed each November 11th.
- MEMORIAL DAY is for honoring DEAD veterans who were killed during wars/conflicts, observed the last Monday of each May.
Q: How do I know this?
A: I’m a DAV.
Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps
To all Jarheads out there, especially to my best friend who is a Vietnam Veteran, we offer a hearty and belated Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corp, which is observed each November 10th — the day before Veterans Day.
“The United States Marine Corps traces its institutional roots to the Continental Marines of the American Revolutionary War, formed at Tun Tavern [gotta love that!] in Philadelphia, by a resolution of the Second Continental Congress on November 10, 1775, to raise 2 battalions of Marines. That date is regarded and celebrated as the date of the Marine Corps birthday.”
Got it now?