Memorial Day & Veteran’s Day: Know the Difference

There is a BIG difference between Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday in May, and Veteran’s Day, celebrated on November 11. 

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Unfortunately, the two are often confused. If you find yourself in this unsure of the difference, it may not even be your fault given the way the two holidays are portrayed with stores & sales, and often the media. Both holidays do celebrate the military, but very different aspects of the military.

It is your responsibility as a citizen to know the difference.

Hopefully understanding each holiday will clarify why each should be observed differently. The distinction lies right in their titles, but let’s set the record straight.

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Memorial Day is the holiday set aside to pay tribute to those who died serving in the military.

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Not long after the Civil War ended, Memorial Day began “unofficially” being observed. The month of May was supposedly chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. It wasn’t until 1971 Congress officially made it a holiday.

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Veteran’s Day is designated to honor ALL who have served in the military…primarily intended to thank the living for their service.

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Veteran’s Day was originally titled “Armistice Day” to celebrate the end of World War I. It wasn’t until 1954 that legislation designated Veteran’s Day an official, federal holiday.

USA_Grunge_Flag-1EXLG{Just for a quick clarification: Labor Day, celebrated the first Monday of September, is not military related what-so-ever, but meant to honor every working American. Neither holiday is the same as Independence Day, celebrated July 4th, although the young fellow my friend encountered the other day didn’t seem to know that}

Now you know! Spread the word.

[sources: usa.gov, va.gov, military.com]

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Mango Quinoa Side

This side dish is always a hit at BBQs & potlucks. Plus…it’s PRETTY!

Take a look at these tasty ingredients. How can it not be delicious?

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Make the quinoa as directed then toss it in the fridge while you prep the rest.

Optional Quinoa Cooking Tips for this Recipe
Quinoa Tip 1: Rinse the quinoa before cooking it; this will get rid of the grit
Quinoa Tip 2: Use half the liquid as chicken/veggie broth & half as water
Quinoa Tip 3: Cook the night before serving to ensure it is chilled for serving

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Beans: Rinse & Drain
Mango: Watch this youtube video of how to slice & dice a mango
Cilantro: I go way overboard; it’s one of my favorites
Red Pepper
: Chop away!
Red Onion: No Crying Allowed

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Combine above ingredients in bowl and stir with a spoon.

Sauce: Olive Oil & Lemon Juice
In a side dish, whisk together these ingredients until they become a little thick. Pour over quinoa mixture and fold in before the oil and juice have time to separate.

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Cover & Refrigerate for at least a half hour before serving in order to lock in flavor.

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Full Recipe

Ingredients 
2c cooked quinoa (about 1/2 uncooked)
1 14oz can black beans
1 mango (or 2 if you really like mangos) sliced & diced
1 red pepper chopped
1/4 red onion chopped
4 tbsp cilantro chopped
2-3 tbsp olive oil
2-4 tbsp lemon juice

Directions
Cook Quinoa as directed. Refridgerate.
Combine cooled quinoa, rinsed black beans, mango, red pepper, red onion, cilantro and mix together in large bowl.
In side dish, whisk olive oil & lemon juice until somewhat thick. Immediately pour over quinoa mix before it separates; fold into mix.
Cover & refrigerate for 1/2 hour before serving to lock in flavor

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