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Memorial Day, Veterans Day, what's the difference

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by BurnsWhenIPee, May 27, 2019.

  1. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    Saw a cartoon on the opinion page in the Sunday edition of the Gannett paper in Springfield, Missouri.

    No one there or at the Design Studio saw this and realized this is Memorial Day weekend, not the Veterans Day holiday in November?

    This is Example No. 1,716 that begs the question: If you can't get the easy things right, why should readers trust you can get the difficult things right?

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  2. RonClements

    RonClements Active Member

    Memorial Day - remembering those who died.
    Veterans Day - honoring those who served.
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  3. britwrit

    britwrit Well-Known Member

    Memorial Day = Ok to wear summer seasonals
    Labor Day = Time to put that summer fling on ice
    Veterans Day = last day to invite someone to Thanksgiving dinner if it involves travel
    Last edited: May 29, 2019
  4. reformedhack

    reformedhack Active Member

    Looking at the date in the upper right (2015), it's apparent that someone searched for "patriotic cartoon" on a server somewhere and chose this one for Memorial Day. Not the cartoonist's fault. But, echoing a different thread, where are the editors?

    An editor
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  5. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    Memorial Day has lost its meaning to some. It is a day to honor and remember those who died in service to the country. Not those who served or those who served and later died.

    The day seems to have morphed into another chance to honor the military, which is what Veterans Day is.
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  6. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    And we already got 17 NFL Sundays in the fall for that hype...
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  7. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    I agree, 100 percent not the cartoonist's fault. I shouldn't be surprised anymore, but there are (or should have been, at least) at least 3-4 people who saw this cartoon before it went to print and nixed it. Even on a holiday weekend.

    But I'm guessing it was seen by maybe just 1 - the designer at the Design Studio - who found it, threw it on the page and then went on to the 3 dozen other pages they had to plow through.
  8. JRoyal

    JRoyal Well-Known Member

    I grew up in a military town, and this drives me nuts. I see people who had a parent or grandparent who served do this ALL the damn time on Facebook. Sometimes even friends whose family members are still serving. Memorial Day ain't for them. Veterans Day is when you honor the veterans who have served. Armed Forces Day is when you honor those who are serving. Memorial Day is a special day for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
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