As I was putting together these Memorial Day printables, I realized I didn’t know the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. It turns out that Veterans Day was established to as a way to primarily thank living military veterans. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in service to their country, particularly those who died in battle.
Red poppies are traditionally worn and given on Memorial Day. It was written in 1915 by World War I Colonel John McCrae. McCrae’s poem had a huge impact on two women, Anna E. Guerin of France and Moina Michael. Both worked to initiate the sale of artificial poppies to help orphans and others left destitute by the war.
You should also check out the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website for their free Veterans Day Teacher’s Guide.