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14 Memorial Day Facts You Didn’t Learn in School

Reader's Digest Logo By Lauren Cahn of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 15: People often confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day, but Memorial Day is a day to honor those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, whereas Veterans Day—November 11—honors everyone who served honorably in the military. Civilians who died during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are commemorated on Patriot Day (September 11). Here's more about the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Memorial Day vs. Veterans Day vs. Patriot Day

People often confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day, but Memorial Day is a day to honor those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, whereas Veterans Day—November 11—honors everyone who served honorably in the military. Civilians who died during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are commemorated on Patriot Day (September 11). Here's more about the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

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