Memorial Day and Veterans Day each honor the military, though the two holidays are not the same.
Memorial Day, which is celebrated annually on the last Monday in May, honors the brave men and women who lost their lives while serving in the American military. Many communities host memorial ceremonies honoring their fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, ensuring such soldiers’ bravery and sacrifices are never forgotten.
While many people now view Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of summer, the weekend should not be celebrated without also pausing to reflect on and recognize the military personnel who lost their lives in defense of freedom and the American way of life.
Veterans Day is celebrated annually on Nov. 11 and recognizes all men and women who have served in the military. Veterans Day coincides with Remembrance Day, which is a day celebrated by the Commonwealth of Nations, an association of 53 member states with connections to the British Empire.
Though Veterans Day and Remembrance Day are each celebrated on Nov. 11, the latter recognizes armed forces members who died in the line of duty, making it more similar to Memorial Day than Veterans Day.
It’s not uncommon for people to recognize fallen soldiers on Veterans Day, but many use the holiday to express their appreciation to existing veterans.
WARRENSBURG — One University of Central Missouri student is dead while another student was arrested after the UCM Department of Public Safety responded to a report of an accidental discharge of a firearm Monday afternoon, Nov. 4, at an on-campus apartment.
DPS states the incident resulted in the death of Stephon Abron, a student from St. Charles.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and Warrensburg Police Department assisted UCM Public Safety to investigate the matter.
Upon the arrival of officers on the scene at approximately 3:30 p.m., DPS states it was apparent there was no ongoing threat to the community.
The investigation resulted in the arrest of UCM student Jeremy Manley on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
“The UCM community is saddened by this tragedy,” a press release from DPS states. “The university will offer assistance through the counseling center to students who may need support. The Employee Assistance Program is available to assist employers.”
The UCM Department of Public Safety was unable to give any further comment about the situation at this time.
WARRENSBURG — The Salvation Army of Johnson County will begin its bell ringing campaign on Saturday, Nov. 9, before the University of Central Missouri Mules football game.
Bell ringers with red kettles will be at the west entrances to Walton Stadium collecting donations to help county residents during the holiday season and year-round.
Bell ringers will also be at the Warrensburg Walmart store on Nov. 9.
Other locations during November and December include Bi-Lo Country Mart, CashSaver and Walgreens.
This year, for the first time, a QR code will be on kettles for those who wish to donate using their smartphones.
Volunteer bell ringers are needed.
Civic and church groups, families and individuals are all welcome.
You may pick the date, time and location.
To volunteer, go to registertoring.com or call (660) 422-4304.
The Salvation Army assists families during the holiday season with bags of food and toys.
Year-round, it helps with basic needs including clothing, food, utility assistance and temporary lodging.
Donations may also be mailed to The Salvation Army of Johnson County, 125 N. Holden St., Warrensburg, Missouri 64093, Attention: Family Services.