Do you say, ‘Happy Veterans’ Day’? I’m not sure. What I am sure of is that I’m thankful for all those who generously volunteer to serve in our armed forces.

I have family members to think about. Do you? My father served in the Korean War. My son enlisted and served a tour in the United States Navy and now my nephew is in the Navy also. He’s studying to be a dentist. Once he’s finished with his program he will serve as the Naval Dentist wherever he’s posted.

It’s a choice

I feel beholden to all those who volunteer to serve in our armed forces. It is a choice. Since we don’t have mandatory service in the United States of America, we rely on individuals to decide to give their time, talents and, yes, sadly sometimes their life to our great nation.

Thankful

I know today is the day we dedicate to thinking about Veterans. I will spend time quietly reflecting and giving thanks for those who have served and for those who continue to serve.

What else can I do?

Additionally, I am going to make it my mission to to do something for veterans on an ongoing basis.

What can I do? What can you do? Does it have to be a big, grand gesture?

I don’t think so.

Small things

Small, simple things when added together make a big impact.  If I see a veteran, I’ll say, ‘thank you’ and perhaps buy them a coffee or a meal. I can find out if the VA hospital needs books, magazines or basic supplies like socks, underwear, and toiletries. Once I know what they need, I’ll make some donations.

Today is the day

Yes. Today is the day that we set aside to recognize and remember veterans. Let’s try not to forget them the other 364 days of the year. The choice I’m going to make is to remember them in small ways throughout the year. How about you?

4 Comments

  • Seana Turner says:

    Such a great reminder to appreciate those who are serving and have served all year long. I am thankful to live in a community who values our service members. I enjoy our display of flags and other gestures that let people know how much we appreciate all they do. Serving in the military is sacrificial on many levels. We are lucky citizens indeed to be served by these wonderful people!

  • My father-in-law is one of the few remaining Canadian veterans from WW2. My late uncle also served in that war.

  • That’s a great idea! I, too, think it is awkward to say “Happy Veterans Day.” To me, it is a somber day and a day of reflection. I prefer to send prayers and thoughts to all the veterans and families who sacrificed themselves to protect our country.

  • Honoring veterans today, and thanking them for their service seems like such a small gesture for what they’ve sacrificed. We are very lucky to have these brave citizens who choose to volunteer in the armed forces. I attended a Veterans’ Day Parade this weekend to thank and honor these people.

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