9 Ways to Thank a Veteran

Tomorrow, November 11th is Veterans Day. Are you and your family looking for ways to express your gratitude for the people in uniform? Check out the list below, hopefully, one of the ideas inspires you to thank a veteran.

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  1. Display the United States Flag: Fly the U.S. flag outside your home to show support on Veterans Day.
  2. Go Out to Lunch: Do you personally know a veteran? Offer to take him or her out to lunch. If you know a casual acquaintance who is a vet, but do not feel comfortable going out to lunch, buy a gift certificate to a local restaurant. Not only do you thank a veteran for service, but you also support a local business.
  3. Write a Thank You Note: Send thank you notes to the veterans in your life.
  4. Attend a Community Event: Many communities host parades or other activities to thank local veterans.
  5. Post on Social Media: If you do not know any veterans, post a thank you note to your social media pages.
  6. Send a Care Package: Do you know someone who is currently serving in the military? Send a care package with hometown favorites. If you do not know any sign up to send care packages to a military member who may not receive anything from home.
  7. Volunteer: Numerous non-profit organizations focus on helping homeless veterans. Sign up to volunteer at a local event.
  8. Donate: Send a monetary donation to a local VFW or other reputable organization. Since the holidays are just around the corner, many organizations are collecting to help military personnel and their families.
  9. Say a Prayer: At the next church service, simply say a prayer for all service members.

Happy Veterans Day!

20 Quotes for Veterans Day

This Thursday, November 11, 2021, is a federal holiday, Veterans Day to recognize those who have served their country. Many communities host events or parades to honor the brave men and women in uniform. The holiday recognizes all who have served, past, present, and future.

Quotes for Veterans Day

Posting to social media is one of the easiest ways to thank a veteran. If you need a quote for Veterans Day, check out the following for inspiration.

  1. “America’s veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago.” -Steve Buyer
  2. “Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.” – Douglas MacArthur
  3. “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” -Abraham Lincoln
  4. “The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment.” – Judd Gregg
  5. “Without heroes, we are all plain people, and don’t know how far we can go.” – Bernard Malamud
  6. “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude.” – Harry S. Truman
  7. “In order to insure 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.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
  8. “The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” -Jeff Miller
  9. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy
  10. “On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.” — Dan Lipinski
  11. “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.” – Winston Churchill
  12. “Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don’t have that problem.” – Ronald Reagan
  13. “Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.” — Mary Roach
  14. “America without her soldiers would be like God without his angels.” — Claudia Pemberton
  15. “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” — Cynthia Ozick
  16. “I respect every soldier, from every country, who serves beside us in the hard work of history. America is grateful, and America will not forget.” — George W. Bush
  17. “Spending time with America’s soldiers is always inspiring.” — John Boehner
  18. “These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor – and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.” — Michael N. Castle
  19. “But this Veterans Day, I believe we should do more than sing the praises of the bravery and patriotism that our veterans have embodied in the past. We should take this opportunity to re-evaluate how we are treating our veterans in the present.” — Nick Lampson
  20. “We sleep peaceably in our beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on our behalf.” — George Orwell

For all those who have served, Happy Veterans Day! God Bless!

Celebrating Veteran’s Day

Did you know today, November 11th is Veteran’s Day? A federal holiday is more than just getting a day off from work. Veteran’s Day focuses on honoring all who have served in the United States military. Formerly known as Armistice Day, in 1938, the holiday initially was set to honor the end of World War I, which was on November 11, 1918. Moving from Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day in 1954, the holiday included U.S. Veterans from all wars.

How to Celebrate Veteran’s Day

Do you want to participate in celebrating Veteran’s Day? The day is about more than a day off from work. The holiday is about honoring those who have been in the military. The individuals who have stood for freedom during times of conflict and peace.

If you need help trying to find a way to celebrate Veteran’s Day, consider the following ideas:

  • Go Out to Dinner: Ask a Veteran out to eat. Take them to breakfast or dinner. Allow them to pick the spot. Older veterans may enjoy time out of the house.
  • Learn Their Story: Ask Veterans to share stories about the time served in the military. (For instance, a veteran shared the story of the flying tree stump. During his time in Vietnam, they were trying to remove a tree stump from the military base. They decided to use explosives on the stump. The stump blew in the air, landed on the mess hall roof which was tin, and created a loud noise all the way to the ground.)
  • Homemade Treat: Bake a pie, cake, cookies or other delicious treats for your favorite veteran
  • Write a Thank You Note: Write a note of thanks to a veteran. Getting your children involved is a great way to learn about the day.
  • Learn History: Read about the different wars that U.S. Veterans fought. Watch a documentary on the subject.
  • Research Your History: Did you have a family member serve in a war? What one? Learn about the time served. Where was your ancestor sent? The research may provide insight into your family’s personal history.
  • Take Time: Visit your local VA hospital
  • Display Your Military Pride: Fly the U.S. Flag proudly
  • Events: Attend a Veteran’s Day parade or other community activities
  • Give Your Time: Volunteer at a nursing home to spend time with veterans
  • Monetary Donations: Donate money to a cause that focuses on helping Veterans
  • Holiday Help: Adopt a military family for the holidays
  • Care Package Donation: Many organizations accept items to send to military members serving overseas. Donate items or send a package to help celebrate Veteran’s Day.
  • Long Term Commitment: Participate in organizations that write and sponsor military personnel
  • Simple Thank You: An easy way to show your thanks, share your gratitude on your social media pages. Your heartfelt post has the potential to reach more than one veteran.

Regardless of how you celebrate, take the time to honor U.S. Veterans on Veteran’s Day.

 

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