Someone posted this following explanation online and I love how they made it so simple to understand.
Armed Forces Day (3rd Saturday of May): To remember those who currently wear the uniform.
Veterans Day (November 11th): To remember those who used to wear the uniform.
Memorial Day (Last Monday of May): To remember those who never made it out of uniform.
I know that we often confuse these days that are special to our Nation. They are special and should touch our hearts as we remember those who were willing to give so much that we might live in this great nation of ours. We honor those to whom honor is due and hopefully really understand what each of these special days mean. It is more than just a Vacation day off from work or a great time spent with family and friends eating great food. They are truly days of remembrance and I pray that each of us take a moment (at the least), and remember those who sacrificed and are still sacrificing for us.
And of course there is the most special day, The Lord’s Day, (Celebrated The first day of each week): To remember the one who gave it all that you might live eternally. People often forget the true meaning of that sacrifice, the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Yet it is at the very core of our belief and relationship with God. The apostle Paul had to remind folks of this in 1 Corinthians 15:14. People had forgotten and some were denying that it had actually happened. Paul says: “and if Christ has not been raised from death, then we have nothing to preach and you have nothing to believe.”
The truth of that fact is perhaps more important that we think. Paul also said in 1Corinthians 15:17-18: “And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is a delusion and you are still lost in your sins. It would also mean that the believers in Christ who have died are lost.”
The death burial and resurrection of Jesus is intimately tied to our own. I know that some folks forget that this is true, but it really is. The Lord’s Day is not just a day we gather to have a good time together, it is a time of remembering the most important truth of all. That Jesus of Nazareth came to this earth and lived, died, was buried and raised again so that we might live with him eternally. I’d say that is worth remembering… wouldn’t you?