Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Armed Services Day are three significant U.S. holidays dedicated to honoring military service, each with its unique purpose and observances.

Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday of May, honors those who have died in military service to the United States. Originating after the Civil War as Decoration Day, it was initially a time for decorating the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers. Over time, it evolved into Memorial Day, expanding to honor all American military personnel who have died in wars and conflicts. The day is marked by ceremonies, parades, and the placing of flags on graves in cemeteries.

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Veterans Day, celebrated on November 11, pays tribute to all U.S. military veterans—those who have served in the armed forces in both wartime and peacetime. Originally known as Armistice Day, it commemorated the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. In 1954, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day to honor veterans of all wars. The day features parades, ceremonies, and educational activities recognizing veterans' contributions and sacrifices.

Armed Services Day, observed on the third Saturday in May, honors current members of the U.S. military. Established in 1949, it consolidated separate celebrations for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard into a single day. Armed Services Day is marked by military displays, open houses, and community events designed to show appreciation for those currently serving in the armed forces.

In summary, Memorial Day honors fallen soldiers, Veterans Day honors all veterans, and Armed Services Day honors current service members, each reflecting a unique aspect of military service and sacrifice.

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