"Words like freedom, justice and democracy are not common concepts; on the contrary, they are rare. People are not born knowing what these are. It takes enormous, and above all, individual effort to arrive at the respect for other people that these words imply."
Author & Civil Rights Activist
Muster any patriotic energy you have left after the elections and devote some to honoring our service members this Veterans Day. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) suggests five ways to show our support:
- Fly the United States Flag
- Make Your Voice Heard Regarding Military Benefits
- Find Your Local VFW and Participate in Events
- Visit a VA Hospital
- Make a Donation
There are numerous charities sponsored by organizations such as the VFW and the American Legion. Examples include Help Heroes Call Home (VFW) and Operation Comfort Warriors (Legion).
Low on money? You could work with your family, school, or organization to generate cards for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program operated by the American Red Cross.
Holiday Mail for Heroes is a simple project that spreads cheer to service members at hospitals and installations around the world. Hurry and get them sent off by the first of December. Follow this link for the guidelines.
Please add your favorite charities or events in the comments. Find your own way to celebrate Veterans Day.
Thank you to all who serve or have served and their families!
- Ways to Give Back to Veterans, Military.com
- 2011 Veterans Day Ceremony - Arlington National Cemetery, Video, November 11, 2011
- History of Veterans Day, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, November 10, 2009