We realize that Memorial Day is the observation of fallen soldiers as described here:
“Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the U.S. military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. From 1868 to 1970, it was observed on May 30. Since 1970, it has been observed on the last Monday of May. “
It is not the day celebrating veterans who’ve survived wars. Veteran’s Day is in November and is described as follows:
“Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans of the United States Armed Forces.”
The day for observing active military service members is U.S. Armed Forces Day, which is not a federal holiday, is described as follows:
“Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May in the United States. It falls near the end of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May (the fourth if the month begins on a Sunday, as in 2016).”
Today, Tom is observing his ex-brother-in-law, Ernest (Ernie) Thorson, who was killed in Viet Nam on April 26, 1970. Each year, he writes a tribute to Ernie on Facebook with Ernie’s photo, which states, “The uncle my kids never knew and the cousins they never had.” Below is a picture of Ernie, who was only 19 years old when he was killed.
From this site, there is information listed at the Viet Nam memorial The Wall of Faces:
THE WALL OF FACES
Photo from ten years ago today, May 29, 2013:
No photos were posted on this date, ten years ago. For the post’s text, please click here.