While we Americans prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday let us not forget our other November holiday, Veterans Day. You can find my V Day post from last year here. Remember our veterans and the men and women currently serving in our armed forces, and let us be grateful for them, their bravery, and their sacrifices. Don't let Veterans Day become just another excise to get a day off of work and shop mediocre retail sales.
Veterans Day falls on Sunday, November 11th this year. The legal (bank) holiday is on Monday the 12th and many business will be closed. Many V Day programs will be held on Monday as well. Also remember that the US Marine Corps birthday is November 10th, so don't forget to hug a Marine that day.
There are so many ways to express your gratitude. Fly a flag on your home (please follow proper protocol, if you aren't sure on flag etiquette brush up here http://www.usflag.org/uscode36.html ). Check local activity calendars in your area for Veterans Day ceremonies or concerts. If you have a friend or a family member who is a veteran take the time to seek them out, shake their hand and say "thank you". Volunteer or donate to one of the many organizations that support our troops and our veterans and their families, I've touched on this before in this post. Here is a list of a few you might consider.
- The Wounded Warrior Project http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
- Tragedy Assistance Program http://www.taps.org/
- Soildiers Angels http://www.soldiersangels.org/
- Cards For Soldiers http://cardsforsoldiers.blogspot.com/
- Disabled American Veterans Trust http://cst.dav.org/
- The USO http://www.uso.org/
Or choose any charity in your area that you know of that helps those who serve. As always you can check out the financial stability and reliability of a charity on Charity Navigator. Here is a list of some of their top rated military charities http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=531
Don't just say you are grateful, give something back.
To my friends and family members that have served I would like to publicly say, Thank You!
|Lou Hickman, Lt Col US Air Force retired|