Veterans Day is held every year on November 11, no matter what day of the week it falls on. Not to be confused with Memorial Day, which is held in May and honors the nation’s fallen veterans, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military.
Veterans Day became a national holiday back in 1938. It was originally known as Armistice Day and was dedicated to the cause of world peace and a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country’s service during World War I. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill to change the name to Veterans Day, and the goal became to not only remind Americans to dedicate themselves to the cause of peace, but also to honor those who have served or are currently serving our country in any and all wars.
5 Ways to Honor Veterans this Veterans Day
According to the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, as of September 2015 there were more than 21 million veterans in our country. Throughout the year, it’s important to show appreciation to the past and present members of the military, but Veterans Day provides a special reminder. If you’re wondering what the best ways are to honor the veterans in your life, we have provided a few suggestions:
Attend a Veterans Day event. Throughout the country, activities and parades are held in celebration of Veterans Day. In Indianapolis, the Veterans Day parade begins at Michigan and Pennsylvania Streets immediately following the Veterans Day service. More than 80 units march in the parade, which starts at 11:45 A.M. and is followed by a reception, dinner and awards ceremony at Primo Banquet Hall in the evening.
Fly the flag properly. Veterans Day presents the perfect opportunity to display our stars and stripes at your home. The U.S. Flag Code presents the proper rules for flying the flag, so make sure you’re following and observing them.
Donate to an organization that supports veterans. A wide variety of organizations provide support and appreciation to members of the military utilizing charitable donations. For example, the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides rehabilitation, activities and career counseling for wounded veterans and their families, or Homes for Our Troops, which uses volunteers to build or adapt existing homes to best meet the needs of injured veterans.
Send a care package. Operation Gratitude offers a variety of ways for assisting and honoring veterans in 2016. Volunteers for the organization send more than 200,000 care packages each year, from Deployed Troop Care Packages for those currently serving to Wounded Warrior Packages for veterans recovering in military hospitals.
Visit a veteran. Of course, one of the easiest ways to honor a veteran is to visit one and provide your time and companionship. Ask about their service and their favorite moments serving the country. Sometimes just listening to their stories provides comfort and support.
American Senior Communities honors veterans throughout the year at all our locations through a variety of events and activities. We thank you for your service!