The Downtown Austin Patch had a great piece last week. Below are just a few snippets (full article here):
What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day? People often confuse the two remembrances, both reserved to honor military personnel but with some nuances between the two.
The Department of Veterans Affairs clarifies the confusion on its website.
"Many people confuse Memorial Day
and Veterans Day
," military officials wrote on the agency's home page. "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.
Veterans Day is all-inclusive -- honoring all veterans, either dead or living -- but intended as a day to literally thank military personnel for their service to country.
"While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day
is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL
those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime," officials write. "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."
With this in mind, The Messenger (2009) is a great film to watch as it works in plenty of overlooked aspects of the military and military personnel, including those assigned to notify loved ones of those who were killed in action.
Ben Foster, Samantha Morton, and Woody Harrelson dominate the screen in a moving, well-acted character study.
An American soldier struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer.