Examining our past and learning from it means seeing not only our achievements, but our failings. Observing our country’s current issues demands action from each of us, as we come together to make our society a better place for us and for future generations. Accountability to our communities involves not only creating a society which makes us proud, but also recognizing and then changing dark impulses which have marred or are currently marring our country.
The dedication that you—our men and women fighting for our country—is indelible. Your fight on the front-lines and commitment to public service enables us to learn compassion and grow intellectually. Freedom isn’t free. Those who are willing to pay the price, the time away from their families, and the endless dangers of the battleground are our true heroes. Our hearts and minds are changed forever, and we are grateful for your service of yesterday and today and going forward.
Dear Friends, here are some ways to remember our Veterans:
- Read something a Veteran wrote about their experience.
- Write in your journal how thankful you are for the service of Veterans.
- Take a private moment to be proud of your country.
- Observe a moment of silence with family and friends.
- Take a moment to reflect on what it means to live in America.
- Hang an American flag in your yard or at your apartment entryway.
- Write and send a letter to someone who’s currently serving in the military.
- Thank a Veteran co-worker for their service.
- Video chat with a Veteran who is servicing oversees.
- Use Social Media to #THANKAVET!
- Donate time or money or supplies to local Veterans Day drives.
- Volunteer to help a Veteran’s service organization.
- Shake a Veteran’s hand.
- Teach a child what it means to be a Veteran.
- Send an email to the people on your contact list that tells a Veteran’s story.
- Attend a Veterans’ Day event.
- Go to a Veterans’ Day parade.
HONOR A VETERAN
- Add their photo and your personal thank you to the DAV Thank A Vet Mosaic.
- Make and share an interview video through the StoryCorps app.
BE IN THE MOMENT WITH A VETERAN
- Ask a Veteran about their time in the military, and really listen to the answer.
- Visit a home-bound Veteran in their home.
- Visit a homeless Veteran under a bridge.
- Take a Veteran out to dinner.
- Take dinner in to a Veteran.
- Buy a homeless Veteran a cup of coffee.
- Mark on your calendar a day each month to do one of the above listed—even though Veteran’s Day will have passed.
Please share with us how you have made a difference today in the life of a Veteran. Below are some resources for you.
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DAV Thank a Vet. Here, you can add a picture to their mosaic. (Link here).
DAV Website/Home Page: https://www.dav.org/
StoryCorps App (Link here).
StoryCorps Website/Home Page: https://storycorps.org/
Operation Gratitude. Here, you can sign up to volunteer or make a donation. https://www.operationgratitude.com/
This post is in memory of my father, who I came to know and love only after he died. Dedicated poem and more are on my Dedications Page.