Why do we celebrate Veterans Day?
Veterans Day is set aside as a day to honor the service of all living veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. In the United States, there are living veterans of every war from WWII through the ongoing Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). In the GWOT era, it’s commonplace to tell a veteran, “Thank you for your service.” That token of gratitude is usually appreciated by all who have served. If you want to take it to the next level, here are some other ideas on how to celebrate the veterans in your life.
Buy them a meal: Who doesn’t love free food? Get in touch with friends who served and ask them to lunch or dinner.
Go to a parade: Western film star Roy Rogers said, “We can’t all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by.” Going to a local city, town or county event dedicated to veterans is a terrific way to show your appreciation.
Call or text: This may seem trite, but something as simple as a text from a friend is huge. If you have a friend who served but lives far away, a text letting them know that you’re thinking of them can mean more than you might believe.
Fly the flag: Veterans Day is a wonderful day to hang the Stars and Stripes from your porch to show your appreciation. If you know veterans that served in a specific branch, you could fly the flag of their branch of service instead of or in addition to the American flag. Make sure to follow the Flag Code when you display the American flag.
Don’t personally know any veterans?
Donate: There are many veterans service organizations that do great work for the community, and a donation or volunteering your time is a wonderful thing to do.
Visit veterans at the hospital: Another excellent choice is to visit a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital. Veterans of WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War are especially likely to enjoy a visit from a grateful American on Nov. 11.
Most importantly, use Nov. 11 to commemorate the national holiday. Many veterans out there would want you and yours to have an enjoyable time, so celebrate the day!
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