Veteran’s Day is about a week and a half away. That means there’s still plenty of time to put a little something together for the veterans in your family or community. It doesn’t have to be anything huge, but a thank you and a tip of the hat go a long way nowadays. On November 11, 1918, World War I ended and that is what was originally celebrated on that day. The President of the United States later made it a national holiday on which we honor those brave individuals that have served our country. So, break out your flags, prayers and/or gestures of gratitude on Monday, November 11, to celebrate their courageous service to our country.
- Gratitude is the highest form of appreciation. - It might sound a bit Zen, but it’s true. We shouldn’t take our every day freedoms for granted. There were individuals that left their own lives behind to fight and serve for our country. That’s not an easy task for either soldiers or their families. Celebrate their courageous acts with a formal dinner or potluck involving family, friends, and community members.
- We’re celebrating the service of U.S. Military men and women. - Veteran’s Day should not be confused with Memorial Day, where we remember those military men and women that died while serving our country. Whether they lived or died in battle, we can’t forget their courageous battles-battles that we cannot even begin to fathom.
- It’s a great excuse to feast with our loved ones. - I don’t personally have close family members that have served in the military, but I do have active friends that serve and I truly admire the path they’ve bravely taken. I love taking the time to go out to dinner or meet up for some coffee when they are temporarily in town.
- It’s a great opportunity for a history/life lesson in schools - Growing up, I remember being vaguely aware of the reason why we got a Monday off school in November. Vaguely. This is a great chance for educators to emphasize that the freedoms we enjoy in our country are possible because these men and women have served time in the military. Let’s face it, boot camp isn’t for everyone.
- It’s a national holiday, which means everyone is honoring US veterans all day on the same day. - That’s such an inspirational thought. Like prayer, when there is a large group, or in this case a whole nation, doing something together, it makes it more powerful.