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What’s the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?

Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery

Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, via Wiki Commons

On this Memorial Day weekend, let’s take a moment to decipher the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Per the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs:

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. 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. 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.

(Emphasis theirs.)

So, basically, Memorial Day is for honoring servicepeople who died because of battle and Veterans Day is for honoring those lucky military SOBs who are still alive.

Why we need two separate Federal holidays for this, I don’t quite understand but whatever gets me an extra day off from work is good in my book.

Now, let’s take a serious moment and remember the dead. I don’t have any US military people on my side of the family but the Husband has plenty on his.  And I’m sure you know at least one person who is military in some way.

Fallen troops, thank you very much.

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Day 45 Happy Valentine’s Day


Roses were $65 a dozen and tulips were $25. Are you fucking kidding me? So I asked which flowers were cheapest (a dollar each) and made a bouquet. As a token of my love, for someone who doesn’t even care for flowers, I think this bouquet works damn well. Plus I got him a bag of Hershey’s Kisses which he loves.

If I wanted to pay buttloads for flowers, I’d buy a frickin’ O’Keefe.

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7 Things Not To Do This Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine's Day

1. Buy roses. What?! Not buy her/him roses? What kind of Valentine’s Day is that?! Um, a commercialized and over-marketed Valentine’s day? There are other flowers in this world. Roses aren’t even the flowers of love. Tulips are. Yet due to some crazed marketing campaign in god knows when, roses are the go-to flowers for this holiday for lovers and florists take full advantage on February 14th. Don’t spend your hard-earned money on a red rose for $500 a stem. Buy a bouquet of different flowers, like tulips or Asiatic lilies or peonies. If you have a garden or access to a garden, pick her a bouquet from your heart. I’m sure she’ll appreciate it. (And if she doesn’t, well maybe she’s not the One.)

2. Propose. Come on. Proposing on Valentine’s Day? How trite. How cliche. How obvious. Pick a different day, a day that will really surprise her and remind her how thoughtful you really are.

3. Forget about friends and co-workers. For some people, there’s nothing better than bragging about how awesome your significant other is. So what could be better than having your boo prove why he’s so much better than that guy over there? It’s been almost ten years but I still remember what an ex-boyfriend’s cousin did for his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day. He walked into her office with a dozen roses for her. Then he walked around the office, distributing a rose to each co-worker and asked them to be nice to her on this day. They agreed quite happily. On the other hand, don’t forget to wish your friends and co-workers “Happy Valentine’s Day” too. Everyone appreciates some love, even the bitter singles.

4. Expect too much. This is a common problem on Valentine’s Day. People expect too much, plan to receive roses and chocolates and expensive jewelry. You’re setting yourself up for disappointment. Calm down and just remember: Valentine’s Day? Actually celebrates a martyr, not love.

5. Return the effort. Relationships are two-way streets. There is no reason Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be.

6. Be upset about your single status. Relationships aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Sure, happy relationships exist but most of them are 6 months of honeymoon followed by 3+ months of torture. By the way, being in a relationship? Is no guarantee your partner will remember or do anything for V-day. Even if he does, there’s no guarantee you’ll be happy with it. (See #4.)

7. Ignore or forget about Valentine’s Day entirely. It’s fine if you don’t want to celebrate it but everyone appreciates a quick “Happy Valentine’s Day!” text or tweet or Facebook status, etc. This costs nothing and will make someone a little cheerier. Bingo.

Now, you. What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? We’re going to YakiniQ, an all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ. There’s nothing more romantic than stuffing yourself with meat.

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