5 Ways to Honor Vets on Veterans Day
Veterans Day began as Armistice Day as a day to honor the veterans of World War I. In 1954, after World War II, the holiday became known as “Veterans Day” – a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Every November 11, many businesses and organizations honor veterans through free or discounted goods and services. Individuals can also take action by honoring veterans in their own special ways. Here are five ways to show veterans your thanks on this special day:
Attend a Veterans Day Ceremony – Most ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. with the posting of colors, pledge of allegiance, and singing of the national anthem. Special speakers are often present, as well as local music groups to perform patriotic songs.
Visit a VA Hospital – Millions of veterans seek care at VA hospitals every year and many centers have special programs to thank them on this special day. You can often spend time chatting with veterans and learning about their military days while providing them some friendly social time.
Visit Veteran-Owned Businesses – Many veterans who own their own businesses will pay special attention to this holiday with specials and décor, and it’s a great time to specifically patronize these establishments. Visit http://www.buyveteran.com to find a list of veteran-owned businesses in your community.
Plant flags at a Cemetery – On Veterans Day many of the National Cemeteries hold special memorials to honor the memories of veterans we have lost. Some private cemeteries with military burial areas also allow volunteers to place flags to honor our servicemembers.
Treat a Veteran – Some veterans choose to proudly wear their military insignia or veteran-specific clothing on Veterans Day, making them easy to spot in the line at your local coffee shop. If you see a veteran dining out, offer to pick up their meal as a way of saying thanks for their service!
While it’s common to honor veterans on Veterans Day, there’s no reason you cannot continue to support our military members all year round! The holiday season is approaching, and if you’re looking to spread some cheer to our troops, check out the Red Cross’ Holiday Mail for Heroes program.
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