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In this article, Lisa Respers France reminds us of why we are celebrating this 3 day weekend and why we need to not confuse it with Veterans Day. Lisa is a senior producer at CNN and has held report positions at both the Los Angeles Times and The Baltimore Sun

The difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day

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By Lisa Respers France| 05/22/15 | CNN

Memorial Day: Celebrated the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is the holiday set aside to pay tribute to those who died serving in the military.

Veterans Day: This federal holiday falls on November 11 and is designated as a day to honor all who have served in the military. According to Military.com, Veterans Day began as Armistice Day to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918.

mobilecause-outlookAs you spend this 3 day weekend to BBQ and spend some extra time with the family just take a moment to realize what you are really celebrating. It is often seen that Memorial Day and Veterans Day are celebrating the same thing but we could not be more wrong.

Memorial Day is a day to honor those who have died for this country in battle. Many Military cemeteries hold ceremonies to honor those who have fallen. Veterans Day on the other hand is a day devoted to honoring those who have served for us and or are still active in duty.

These extended weekends also provide a great opportunity to hold fundraising events. Nonprofit organizations such as Wounded Warrior Project and Fighting For Our Heroes Foundation hold large events on this Holiday weekend to help support our veterans.

Going mobile for these fundraising events is crucial. With dynamic event fundraising nonprofit organizations can raise up to 25% by displaying donation totals and donor counts in real time onscreen and online. The look and feel of mobile friendly donation pages and fundraising thermometers should reinforce the intention of the gift.

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