Reflecting on our Veterans’ Sacrifices
Nov 10, 2021
Veterans Day is fast approaching. It’s a time for us to reflect on the sacrifices our service men and women (and their families) have made for this country and honor them. Veterans Day is a holiday to celebrate ALL veterans, both living and deceased, across all branches of the military.
The History of Veterans Day
Did you know that Veterans Day was not always called Veterans Day? In fact, it was not always a day to honor all veterans either. Originally called Armistice Day, proclaimed in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson, it started as a day to reflect on those that lost their lives in the Great War (World War I). Armistice Day was celebrated on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month (November 11th) as that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I (military.com). However, in 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the Veterans Day Proclamation which stated: “In order to ensure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose…” (va.gov).
How can we show our appreciation to our veterans?
- Say thank you. This one is very simple to do and requires minimal effort. Sometimes a simple “thank you for your service,” can make someone’s day. You are showing your gratitude and recognizing the sacrifices they have made to keep our country and precious freedom safe.
- Attend a local event celebrating veterans. Many towns and cities have celebrations such as parades or services. This is a great way to recognize the veterans in your community and applaud their heroism.
- Donate to an organization that supports veterans. It’s no secret that too often some of our veterans go without. They have made great sacrifices for our country so the least we can do is make sure they have everything they need when they return home. There are several organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project, Homes for Our Troops, and Disabled American Veterans. com has a great article full of organizations you can donate to here.
- Make cards for veterans. This is a great activity for the whole family! You can write to veterans you know personally, or look up the nearest Veterans Affairs (VA) or military installation and send them there. This small act of service is sure to make someone’s day.
- Reach out to your local veterans’ organizations and ask how you can be of service. A great place to start is visiting a VA hospital. Sometimes these places will serve a special lunch or dinner for veterans or collect donations.
- Fly a Real American Flag made and manufactured right here in America. What better way to honor veterans than to show your pride for our stars and stripes? Whenever you are flying the American flag, you want to make sure you are following proper flag etiquette.