Veterans Day - 7 Veteran Approved Ways to Honor our Vets
Presidential Proclamation – Veterans Day
Since the birth of our Nation, American patriots have stepped forward to serve our country and defend our way of life. With honor and distinction, generations of servicemen and women have taken up arms to win our independence, preserve our Union, and secure our freedom. From the Minutemen to our Post-9/11 Generation, these heroes have put their lives on the line so that we might live in a world that is safer, freer, and more just, and we owe them a profound debt of gratitude. On Veterans Day, we salute the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who have rendered the highest service any American can offer, and we rededicate ourselves to fulfilling our commitment to all those who serve in our name. - BARACK OBAMA
We celebrate our Veterans. What does that mean exactly and how do we do that? Many of us have living Veterans in our family. Many have Veterans who have passed, some while in the service of our country. With my father and my 2 uncles serving in World War II, two in the Army, one in the navy, my fraternal grandmother was a 3 star mother and I can only imagine how she got through each day until the end of the war worrying about her sons.
As for my father, he was always proud of the years he served his county. Veterans Day was always important to him as he remembered his comrades who never returned. The same holds true for a couple of close friends who served in Vietnam. They gave so much and asked so little in return to keep our democracy safe for future generations. So in honor of the men and women, past and present who have served our great nation here are 7 Veteran approved ways to honor American Vets.
- If you have a friend or a family member that is a Veteran personally thank them for their service. Call them, send them an email, or do it face to face. It really does mean a great deal to them to hear it.
- Visit a National Cemetery and place some flowers on the grave of a fallen soldier. Here in Minneapolis, The Fort Snelling National Cemetery is on 7601 34th Ave.
- Volunteer or Donate to help America’s Veterans. The Department of Veteran’s Affairs has several established volunteer programs. Visit the US Dept. of the VA website to learn more or to make a monetary donation.
- Help a homeless Veteran. Mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul launched a program several months ago to find homes for our homeless Veterans. Support, donate or volunteer to make this effort a success.
- Attend the 3 Wars 3 Days Remembering the Vets presentation at the Parkway Theater. Bring the family for a living history lesson. Free admission for Veterans.
- Take part in the annual Veterans Day programs at the Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights. - Free community breakfast 8:30 - 9:30 A.M. Program begins at 10:00 A.M.
- Both living Veterans I spoke with said – VOTE. They vote in every election because they appreciate how much others sacrifice so we can have a voice in our government. In the last election, less than 37% of our population exercised their right to vote. Honor our Veterans. Be heard, vote.