What To Say Instead of “Happy Memorial Day” – A Different Holiday Compared to Other Holidays

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US Marines at Memorial Day parade
US Marines at Memorial Day parade in 2012.

Memorial Day is recognized as a day to remember and honor service members who made the ultimate sacrifice, so some people are uncomfortable hearing or saying Happy Memorial Day in the way that other holidays lead with the word “happy.” In the context of greeting a known family member of a fallen solder on Memorial Day, it might be especially important not to say “Happy Memorial Day.”

Since Memorial Day is honoring fallen military member killed serving the country, the day is not a happy occasion but a solemn one — especially for family members of the fallen.

While many celebrate the day outdoors alongside family and friends, others mourn the loss of their brothers and sisters in arms, paying tribute to their memory in any way they can.

— Wounded Warrior Project

According to the Wound Warrior Project, here is some guidance on the appropriate messages to convey:

Rather than “Happy Memorial Day,” say something like “Have a meaningful Memorial Day.”

It’s also not appropriate to thank a service member for their service on this day, as it is a day for remembering and honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice, according to the Wound Warrior Project.

Take a moment to recognize and remember. You can even say, “Today and always, I’m remembering [name].”

Remember to speak from the heart and with sincerity, acknowledging the significance of the day and the sacrifices made by those we honor.

Memorial Day parade in Arlington Heights (unknown date, possibly 2012, CARDINAL NEWS)
Memorial Day parade in Arlington Heights (unknown date, possibly 2012, CARDINAL NEWS).

What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?

Memorial Day honors the sacrifice and loss of those who served and died in the military.

Veterans Day honors all who have served in the U.S. military.

Memorial Day is a reminder of the brave men and women who served our country and gave their lives for our freedom.

It’s not just a day off; it’s a time to think about why we remember these heroes. For veterans, it’s a chance to honor those who are no longer here.

While Memorial Day is a solemn day, the weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer — earlier than the meteorological first day of Summer, or Summer Solstice in mid-June. Summer Solstice is the day of the year with the most sunlight. The unofficial beginning of summer with the onset of consistent warm weather and a holiday with friends and family is a happy day for many, so that’s the reason people greet others with “Happy Memorial Day.”

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