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Memorial Day Mark II: Veterans Day

Posted in Personal by Will on Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 ~ 12pm

Veterans Day (Remembrance Day in Canada), and Memorial Day (Victoria Day in Canada) should be the same holiday — probably on the day that is Memorial Day since that is a Monday that companies actually have off. They’re such similar days, both intended to honor the sacrifice made by people who wound up in wars. One honors those who died, one honors those who are still alive. But really, if all the pomp is on Memorial Day it seems unfair to tell the living ones that they’ve got to wait a few months for their own holiday. Can’t the dead and the living just get along?

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  1. bassist said,

    on November 12th, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Veterans’ Day is already technically a combination of holidays: Veterans’ Day swallowed Armistice Day which celebrated those who died in World War I and combined it with those who served in all wars. Memorial Day, meanwhile, was originally Decoration Day and began when freed slaves brought flags and flowers to the graves of Civil War soldiers in the late 1860s.

    I’m fully against moving holidays. The VFW protested the move of Memorial Day to a Monday. Civil Rights supporters opposed moving Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday to a Monday. Since Abraham Lincoln and George Washington were both born the same day now (Presidents’ Day), we might as well combine all birthdays while we’re at it. It would save a lot of money on cake. Hell, let’s make all holidays one day. They already moved Christmas and Easter and people didn’t seem to mind.

  2. Will said,

    on November 12th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Yeah I looked at wikipedia too. But the fact remains these two holidays are in fact the same purpose, to honor people in war. That there are two is as random as having more than two. You would not agree that we should have a new memorial day for every war, would you?

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