WATCH: What’s difference between Memorial Day & Veterans Day?

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TAMPA (WFLA) – Do you know the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day? There is actually a big difference to members of the miliary.

Dr. Carrie Elk runs the The Elk Institute for Psychological Health & Performance.  It provides individual and group education, consultation, treatment, and clinical research service to the military and veteran community locally, nationally and internationally. The Elk Institute is based in Tampa, but provides remote on-site services.  

During her WFLA Today visit Monday, Dr. Elk goes over Memorial Day and what she believes is helpful for people to know about the holiday.  

She talks about the appropriate things to say to service members and veterans on Memorial Day, the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day, and what people can do to observe the holiday.  

“Memorial Day and Veterans Day are very different. As civilians when we see veterans on Memorial Day, we are inclined to say something but happy Memorial Day is not something to say. It is a holiday to honor those who have lost their lives fighting for our freedom,” Elk said. “

Veterans Day, in November, is a day that we thank our troops and we honor those who are serving or have served. That’s the time to say happy Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a time of remembrance. It is a solemn day, especially for our service members who have lost teammates or Goldstar families who have lost members.” 

Watch the interview above for more information.

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