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Eight ways to celebrate Veterans Day

November 07, 2012
Veterans Day Celebration

Come Nov. 11 we celebrate Veterans Day, the day we have been honoring our war veterans since 1919. This year we pay tribute to our veterans at a time when many of our fighting men and women are still battling to finish the longest war in American history – the one initiated on Oct. 7, 2001 in Afghanistan.

In the spirit of this holiday, when we look for ways to express our appreciation for the sacrifices our war veterans have made, we offer you the following suggestions for celebrating this Veterans Day.

  1. Visit a veterans’ hospital, and bring your children or grandchildren along. It’s a wonderful opportunity to personally thank our military people in a very direct and emotional way.
  2. Write letters to veterans’ hospitals and other organizations – such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars – and ask that the organization’s leadership to share it with their members.
  3. Attend a Veterans Day parade in your area. Veterans, military and National Guard units, and sometimes civic organizations, march or ride in parades celebrating the significance of this day.
  4. Participate in a flag-raising ceremony. Local veterans’ organizations are excellent resources for finding these ceremonies and asking how you can play a role, which might include joining in the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance or singing the National Anthem.
  5. Go to a band or choral concert featuring patriotic music.
  6. Participate in a moment of silence in remembrance of those who gave their lives for their country. These moments of silence usually begins at 11 a.m. and continues for two minutes in honor of deceased veterans.
  7. Attend a Veterans Day program in your community – which might include a lecture, a classroom activity, library events, and so on.
  8. Read a great war book. You can access Amazon’s list of greatest war novels – which includes the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Leo Tolstoy and Margaret Mitchell – by clicking here. For a list of true-life war books – such as Black Hawk Down and The Forgotten Soldier – by clicking here.

We urge you not to let this Veterans Day go past without participating in a way that enriches your sense of duty and country while reminding veterans that they will not be forgotten.Attend a Veterans Day program in your community – which might include a lecture, a classroom activity, library events, and so on.