Every Memorial Day it's the same. I hear many people encouraging others to thank a veteran on this national day of remembrance. While I love our veterans, this is NOT the purpose of this day. I tend to get a bit annoyed by the seeming ignorance of other citizens in this matter; however, I am beginning to realize the place of thanking a living veteran on Memorial Day. I think, as Americans, we are so grateful for the price many have paid for our freedom that we want to thank someone...though, in all honesty, we cannot thank those who paid the ultimate price.
If you thank a veteran today, remember you ONLY do so because you cannot thank those for whom Memorial Day is intended - those who never made it home from battle. Veterans' Day is set aside for those who fought, came home, and continue to live their lives. Memorial Day is for those who have etched themselves in our memories by giving their last breath for our freedom. If you thank a veteran today, thank him in the memory of the fallen soldier.