LETTER: Memorial Day vs. Veteran’s Day
The latter refers to those who died while on active duty. According to sources 651,000 were killed on the front line in battle since 1776. Another 309,000 died in theater but not on the front line. 230,000 died on active duty but not in theater (training accidents, travel, support etc). About 1,430,000 were wounded.
Ask any military chaplain and we will tell you it is our honor to serve in DOD and conduct GOD funerals for the young men and women, many of whom we personally know, while on active duty.
Add to this the 19 million living veterans who one day will receive full burial rights from a military chaplain. Chaplains have the lived experience of going to war and speak the language rich with patriotism, sacrifice and honor.
I hope this helps.
Chaplain Thomas Azar, U.S. Air Force (ret.)