Memorial Day was not founded in joy with the promise of bringing happiness and joy each year. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect, hence Veterans Day emerged. Armed Forces Day is specifically for the current members of the military, all branches.
What does it mean to be an American? I know that to some it means “home-grown”. You know, born and bred here in the “Good ‘Ol U.S of A”.