5 Ways to Support Veterans on Veterans Day

The Correct way to Spell Veterans Day

Which is the correct spelling of Veterans Day?
  1. Veterans Day
  2. Veteran's Day
  3. Veterans' Day
1. Veterans Day (choice 1, above). Veterans Day does not include an apostrophe but does include an "s" at the end of "veterans" because it is not a day that "belongs" to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.

Remembering our Veterans

5 Ways to Support Veterans on Veterans Day

That is an appropriate sentiment, it is a day to remember our Veterans. Why is supporting Veterans important, let’s see if this may help, “A veteran is someone who wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including their life”.

Armistice Day

Armistice Day Poppies

This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country's service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to "Veterans Day" in order to account for all veterans in all wars.

Is Veterans Day on the same day every year?

Calendar

When first celebrated as Armistice Day, the day marked the end of World War I, formally recognized on the “11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month” in 1918.

Today we continue to celebrate the day as Veterans Day, still recognizing the original tie with November 11. That means Veterans Day is on the same day every year -- November 11 -- regardless of on which day of the week it falls. When the date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, government officials or businesses may recognize it on both the official day and the following Monday.

Is Veterans Day a federal holiday?

Veterans Day is a federal holiday, a bank holiday and, in most states, a state holiday. That means that federal employees, including military members, are typically given the day off and, in most states, state workers are as well.

Veterans Day is an important day for showing appreciation to members of our military, past and present.

If you're looking for an appropriate way to honor a veteran in your life, or would like to contribute in a way that's meaningful for veterans everywhere, here's a list of suggestions to start you off.

1. Show Up

MWC Veterans Parade

The best and a lot of the time cheapest way to honor veterans is to attend a Veterans day event – not just a picnic with friends but attend a parade or service for veterans.

2. Donate

Donate to Veterans

There is no short supply of organizations that can help give a Veteran a fighting chance in this society. Some are without homes and medical aide. Donating to an organization is a great way to show support to those who have fought for our country. To get a few ideas for donations, you can check out this page.

3. Fly a Flag – Correctly

Fly a Flag Correctly

A great way to honor our veterans is to fly the American flag – after all it is the reason they fight for it and seeing it wave so majestic and free inspires a euphoric feeling inside. It is a constant symbol to them and their sacrifice. Just Remember to fly it correctly. Need help with that? Check out Military.com's guide to the flag.

4. Ask a Veteran about their Service

Talk to a Veteran

The best way to understand what they may have sacrificed or what this country of ours means to them is to sit and talk with one. Ask them questions

Dos

  • What did you do in the military?
  • How long did you serve?
  • What was your favorite moment in all your time in the service?
  • Did anyone else in your family serve?
  • Why did you choose to go into the service branch you did?

DON’TS

  • Do not ask if they've killed anyone
  • Should your veteran be a combat vet who is either unwilling to share or plainly states what they went through, be supportive without being intrusive.

5. Don't Confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day

Memorial Day Parade

Veterans Day is a time to thank those who are serving or have served and are still with us. Memorial Day is to reflect and remember those who lost their lives in service to their country. Confusing the two or combining the two diminishes the importance of both.

 


1 comment


  • Franck De RUTA

    I’m a French veteran of the French Navy, I served in Kosovo and Afghanistan, I’m proud to be a veteran and I respect so much our brothers and oldiers veterans.

    Semper Fidelis!


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