Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty. A complete history of Veterans Day, and why it is observed on November 11, can be found on the Veterans Day History Web page.
As you prepare in celebration for a fun day with family and friends, don't forget to include a special time for reverence in honor of and respect for the men and women who gave their all, their lives, for America. We would not be where we are today, enjoying the freedoms America has to offer, were it not for those who sacrificed to make and keep this country free. After all, they are the epitome of the human spirit called freedom!
Col. Allen West catches up with actor Gary Sinise during rehearsals the day before the National Memorial Day Concert in D.C. takes place. Sinise will co-host the event along with actor Joe Mantegna, and the line-up will feature performances by The National Symphony Orchestra, U.S. Army Chorus, the U.S. Navy Band Sea Changers, as well as appearances by Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), Candice Glover, Ed Harris, Alfie Boe, and many others.
Col. West had a more in-depth interview with Gary Sinise and they spoke about the Gary Sinise Foundation and the actor's commitment to helping our veterans. That interview will be available to see on our website, NextGeneration.tv.
Display the American flag proudly for our fallen heroes! That is the least one can do on Memorial Day!