Cambridge Celebrates Veterans Day

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As we get ready for tomorrow’s Veteran’s Day holiday here in Cambridge and around Massachusetts sometimes it is hard to remember that the holiday is more than just a day off.  Veterans Day is to honor all who have served in our Armed Forces, dead or alive, in wartime or in peace.  My children recently started asking me about Veterans Day and I found a great resource provided by the US government for teachers (and parents).  In it I found the answer to a question that I remember asking when I was younger.

What is the Difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?

Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Both holidays were established to recognize and honor the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. But Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday in May, was originally set aside as 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, which is observed on November 11, Veterans Day is intended 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.

You can find the Veterans Day Resource Guide here.  I’m sure it will help both young and old.

The City of Cambridge is holding their Veterans Day activities starting at 11:00 am tomorrow morning.  This annual event is put on by the Cambridge Veterans Organization and Cambridge’s Department of Veterans Services and will take place at the World War I monument near the Cambridge Cemetery.  Visit the official announcement for more details.

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