Memorial Day vs Veterans Day: Getting it Straight

Question your peeps about the holiday this weekend, and I bet you’ll be surprised at the number of them who confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day. If they don’t look at a calendar on a daily basis, or don’t shop holiday sales, I bet the percentage of those confused rises exponentially. A quick Google search yielded “Veterans Day vs Memorial Day” as one of the top searches, so that handily backed up my theory.

While I was browsing, I snatched handy definitions from CNN and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. They can take the credit for the very official information below.

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. “Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.”

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, Veterans Day began as Armistice Day to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918.

“In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of the veterans service organizations — amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans,” per the website for the US Dept of Veterans Affairs. “With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.”

Now that we’re all straight on which holiday we’re all celebrating this weekend, let’s get down to the business of planning our activities. There are LOTS of things happening in Georgia’s Lake Country. Take a peek!



Dufrane, Party of Two @ Farmview

Sat 10 AM · Farmview Market · Madison, Georgia

HEY MADISON FRIENDS! Come join us at Farmview for the Saturday Market on May 26th. We’ve got some new songs that we can’t wait to share with you. See you there!



Trip to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

Sat 9 AM · Madison · Madison, Georgia

Urbana Transportation will be visiting Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort on May 26, 2018! This trip promises to be full of fun and excitement! Harrah’s Cherokee casino features 150,000 feet of gaming including slots and live table games such as Blackjack, Roulette, 3-Card and Holdem Poker, Craps and more of your favorites! Passengers can be picked up at designated pickup points at: • Lake Oconee • Madison • Athens Spend 5 hours at the casino. Only $75 per person for round-trip transportation. Please call 240-PRO-LIMO to reserve your spot! Registration closes on May 20, 2018. *Terms and conditions apply. Must be over 21 years of age.



Root Groove Jazz at Perk Ave.

Sat 8 PM · Perk Avenue Cafe & Coffee House · Madison, Georgia

Come celebrate Memorial Weekend, the official beginning of summer! Root Groove Jazz Quintet plays an exciting, eclectic mix of Latin, Jazz-Fusion, Jazz-Funk covers and originals. Come get your Groove On! The kitchen opens at 6pm for dinner. Call (706)-342-2562 to reserve your table NOW! See you all there!



Edge Fest 2018

Sat 7:30 PM · Birdhouse Theatre · Milledgeville, Georgia

Witness the captivating new plays selected as finalists for the Edge Fest Ten-Minute Play Contest. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. feature performances of all eight finalists from nationally recognized playwrights. The Judges Award and Audience Choice award will be named after Saturday’s performances. Tickets are on sale now at Blackbird Coffee for $7. Tickets will be available the day of the event for $10. This is a PG-13 event.



Memorial Day Weekend

Sat 9 AM · Sunset Marina & Inn · Milledgeville, Georgia

Come spend your Memorial Day Weekend with Us! We will serve free hot dogs Saturday the 28th as available Time: 11:00 am and 1:00 pm



The Rambler at Jacksons on Sinclair this Saturday night!

Sat 8 PM · Jackson’s On Sinclair · Milledgeville, Georgia

A fun, relaxing, entertaining evening this coming Saturday night with Fall line Rambler!!! Always great food and service from Will Jarriel and his staff! Dancing, Seafood, steaks and live music for the whole family…



Jazz On The Lake – A Night Under the Stars

Sat 6 PM · Reynolds Lake Oconee · Greensboro, Georgia

Lake Oconee Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Presents: Jazz on the Lake: A Night Under the Stars… This all white event will take place on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Reynolds Lake Oconee. COST: The tickets are $35.00 per person and all proceeds will benefit our Scholarship Fundraiser. Tickets MUST be purchased from a member of Delta Sigma Theta and sales will end on May 12th. Physical ticket is needed for entry and absolutely no tickets will be sold at the gate! TRANSPORTATION: Guests will be shuttled to the venue from Weinberger’s Furniture (1010 Commerce Drive Greensboro, Ga 30642) beginning at 5:30. NOTE: There is no parking allowed at Reynolds Lake Oconee. FOOD: Barbecue chicken baskets will be available for sale and guests are welcome to bring their own beverages. Small coolers (38 quarts or smaller) and lawn chairs are permitted. Tents, beach style umbrellas and canopies are NOT allowed. Entertainment by the Splitz Band out of Athens Georgia. There will also be a 50/50 raffle drawing.


120/80 Vocal Band

Sat 9 PM · BUFFINGTONS · Milledgeville, Georgia

Join us for live music by the 120/80 Vocal Band!



Memorial Day Flowers

Sat 10 AM · Maggie Lane · Eatonton, Georgia

You are invited to stop by any Maggie Lane location on May 26th and pick up a complementary Rose. Place this rose on the Memorial site of your Veteran. We thank you for Service and Sacrifice!