Frankfort, KY – In November, we observe Veterans Day, a day to honor those who served our nation in war. But Memorial Day is different. Originally called Decoration Day, and dating back to the end of the Civil War, it's held to honor those who died in military service, says Jason LeMay of Kentucky Military Affairs. "Veterans Day is for the living. Memorial Day is the one day we can stop and say thank you to those people who gave everything they had, their life, to something more than themselves."
LeMay says 80 Kentuckians have died in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, including 17 Kentucky National Guard soldiers.