Sunday, November 04, 2012


I've noticed a lot of bloggers and facebookers (is so a word) and online forum users have been using November as a chance to post one thing every day that they are grateful for.  I think it is a good way to exercise the oft atrophied gratitude and appreciation muscle group in our minds.  In fact I think it is something we should try to do every day of the year, not just in November.

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 ).  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.

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

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


Mindy :) said...

Can I also add Operation Write Home (OWH)

you can both create blank cards that are sent to soldiers to write home to their families, plus you can write "Any Hero Mail" - a letter to the soldiers to express your gratitude for them being away from their families. You can write as many of those as your hands can handle - its' also great to have little kids do.

The Suzzzz said...

Sure, thanks for the suggestions Mindy!