Ways to celebrate Veteran’s Day.
Veteran’s Day honors all those, living and dead, who served with the United States Armed Forces. Unlike Memorial Day (which honors those who have died in wartime), Veteran’s Day honors all that have served in times of peace as well as in war.
Originally called Armistice (truce) Day, commemorating the end of World War I, Veteran’s Day is observed annually on November 11th. In 1918, the fighting stopped at 11 AM – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. In 1938 Congress declared it a federal holiday.
Instead of viewing this Veteran’s Day as simply a day off from school or work, consider these ideas to help you celebrate and remember the sacrifices of our military families . . .
(1) Ask a parent or grandparent to share any stories of family members who have served or are serving in the armed forces.
(2) Visit the grave of a family member or someone else who died in the service. Place a small American flag on the grave to show honor.
(3) Visit with veterans who can share what serving their country in the military was like for them. Ask about the specific challenges that they faced and about the valuable experience it gave them.
(4) Display the American flag at your home.
(5) Plant a memorial tree in honor of those who have lost their lives to ensure our country would be free from tyranny.
(6) Pray for all the men and women serving in our armed forces who are currently fighting or may one day be fighting for our freedom and protection.
Have a great weekend everyone!
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