Veterans are the courageous people who served in the military in times of war and peace. These men and women are the warriors who shine throughout the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard. In the United States today, we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th every year. The significance of eleven is multiplied to the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month because it was at this time that World War I hostilities formally ended. Throughout history, veterans have fought in wars to protect the freedom of the country and to achieve goals important to all of us. They have risked their lives with honor. They have suffered severe injuries to defend our country and many have died in the process.
Veterans Day is commemorated by a plethora of municipalities with parades and celebrations that feature local veterans. Many national cemeteries recognize this day with ceremonies that honor all veterans at 11 a.m. on November 11th. So how can we as a community or individual honor these heroes this Veterans Day? Whether you know a veteran personally or not, it is a beautiful day to take the time to acknowledge their sacrifices and share appreciation for what they have done for our nation. There are a multitude of ways to thank these honorable men and women and also many ways to salute the ones who are no longer with us. Never forget to take time out of your day to say thank you. You will see many people in uniform at many different sites, and a handshake and heartfelt ‘thank you’ can go a long way.
Make a special card with your children and deliver it to that special veteran in your life, and if you don’t have one in particular, contact a local non-profit that assists veterans. Take thirty minutes out of your day to bless a veteran with your love and appreciation. That morning on social media, highlight a special veteran and share your gratitude for their service. You can also write a recognition letter and sign up at A Million Thanks, where you can find many veterans who would love to hear from you. If you know a veteran in the neighborhood, stop by and ask if you could do something to acknowledge their valiant contribution to our country. Finally, just remember them, say a prayer for all who have taken part in the protection of our nation that many of us have taken for granted. Make this November 11th a memorable one, and show your love for America’s freedom protectors.
Sabrina Short, Staff Writer