Veterans Day is a national holiday celebrated on November 11 each year. We set this day aside to honor all of those that have sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy. With this special day approaching, we wanted to share some Veterans Day history.
Why do we celebrate Veterans Day?
You may enjoy many patriotic activities, function, and ceremonies on Veterans Day, but do you know why we celebrate this special day? Here is why…
What we now call Veterans Day was once referred to as Armistice Day honoring those that served in World War I. Because the war ended on November 11, 1918, it was decided that November 11th would be the day chosen to honor these military heroes. Later, the holiday was named Veterans Day to remember all soldiers that fought in all wars.
Since then, Veterans Day November 11 and is celebrated to pay thankful tribute to soldiers who are still alive and served in the armed forces at any time, during peace or war.
How can YOU honor a veteran today or any day of the year?
If you are having trouble thinking of ways to say “thank you” to those that have laid down their lives for your freedom, here are some ideas:
- Attend a Veteran’s Day event.
- Ask a Veteran about their time in the military, and really listen to the answer.
- Hang a flag in your yard.
- Ask an aging Veteran to share with you the song that most takes them back.
- Visit the gravesite of a Veteran.
- Visit a homebound Veteran in their home, talk with them, and thank them for their service.
- Visit a homeless Veteran.
- Take a Veteran out to dinner.
- Tell someone (your family, a friend, a neighbor) about an experience you had serving a Veteran at the VA.
- Take flowers to a Veterans memorial.
- Write and send a letter to someone who’s currently serving in the military .
- Ask a neighbor about their deployment.
- Call a Veteran family member.
- Thank a Veteran co-worker for their service.
- Take a private moment to be proud of your country.
- Teach someone (a child, a friend, a neighbor) what it means to be a Veteran.
- Share pictures of a Veteran with someone.
- Say a silent prayer for those who are serving.
- Learn about a current or past war/conflict (this will make you a better helper).
- Look up your ancestry and learn about someone in your family who was a Veteran.
- Hug your family, and tell them that it’s thanks to Veterans that you get to.
- Observe a moment of silence with family and friends.
- Read something a Veteran wrote about their experience.
- Make sure your children and grandchildren know who the Veterans are within their own family, and share the family stories with them.
- Do a project about Veterans with young children or grandchildren. For example, let them make their own Veteran flag and plant it in a pot of flowers in front of the house.
- Write on your blog about your appreciation for Veterans.
- Help young children or grandchildren make a thank you card, and post them in the window or at a grocery store bulletin board or library or some other public place.
- (Good for any day:) Stand out in front of the VA greet Veterans as they are being dropped off at the door. Some older folks even need a hand getting out of the car.
- Tell a loved one why you enjoy serving Veterans.
- Buy a homeless Veteran a cup of coffee.
- Donate time or money or supplies to local Veterans Day drives.
- Volunteer to help a Veteran’s Service Organization (there are lots!).
- Take a moment to reflect on what it means to live in America.
- Gather with friends and family and watch a patriotic movie.
- Go to a Veterans Day parade.
- Thank a Veteran of his/her service while doing errands.
- Shake a Veteran’s hand.
- Pick one or two of the activities listed above, and resolve to do them at least one time every month this year when it’s NOT Veteran’s Day.
The Selling Rocky Mountain Homes Team would like to take a moment to thank every person that has served in the military both past and present. We would also like to recognize the family members of service men and women that have sacrificed so much while their loved ones are away. As a personal “thank you” from our team, we offer a Military Appreciation Rebate Program to assist those that have or are currently serving in the armed forces. Please give us a call to learn more @ 720-593-2014.
Happy Veterans Day!
Source: veteransdayblog.com, wallawalla.va.gov