Memorial Day and Veterans Day are frequently confused. They are not the same. Hoquiam Middle School students know the difference. And they’re showing it with a public memorial.
Located at the school entrance, the public memorial is “dedicated to the memory of those who served and protected their country.” It’s bordered by mini American flags in the shape of a U.S. map. The memorial includes markers with names of fallen heroes who died defending our country. Dates range from WWI to the Iraq War.
Can you imagine the amount of time and effort it took to put this display together? HMS gets it.
While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day is set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. The November holiday largely focuses on thanking living veterans for their service, and underscoring the fact that all who’ve served have sacrificed and done their duty. It is a day for thanks and appreciation.
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. Although the weekend is often seen as an opportunity to play ball, barbecue, or hit the beach, Memorial Day is indeed “the most solemn” of American holidays.
So fire up that grill. Grab that glove, kite, or second ice cream cone. Take in a concert. Hug your kids. Watch a parade. Welcome summer. When you do, however, be sure to take a few moments to reflect on the high cost that’s been paid to secure your freedom and liberty. While you’re at it, find a veteran and thank him or her for his/her service. Do both with respect.
God bless the Hoquiam Middle Schoolers and those who made this public memorial possible. Makes me proud to live in a town that “gets” it.
Pass the tissue.
See more at the HMS Facebook page.