Re­mem­ber­ing our vet­er­ans

Porterville Recorder - - COMMUNITY-FAVORITES -

The men and women who de­fend the lib­er­ties and free­doms of the coun­tries they rep­re­sent hold a spe­cial place in peo­ple’s hearts and an eter­nal spot in their coun­tries’ his­to­ries.

Any op­por­tu­nity is a good time to com­mem­o­rate the brav­ery and self­less deeds of mil­i­tary per­son­nel, but cer­tain prom­i­nent hol­i­days in Novem­ber make this an es­pe­cially im­por­tant time to thank vet­er­ans for their ser­vice.

Novem­ber 11 is Vet­er­ans Day in the United States and Re­mem­brance Day in Canada. It’s also known as Armistice Day in other parts of the world. These hol­i­days honor all mil­i­tary vet­er­ans who have provided ser­vice to their coun­tries, and that each falls on Novem­ber 11 is no co­in­ci­dence, as the day com­mem­o­rates the an­niver­sary of the end of World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

Many places around the world pause and re­mem­ber fallen vet­er­ans on Novem­ber 11, but a good ma­jor­ity of Vet­er­ans Day and Re­mem­brance Day com­mem­o­ra­tive events fo­cus on past and cur­rent vet­er­ans who are still alive. There are many ways to honor the mil­i­tary at home and abroad in time for the Novem­ber fes­tiv­i­ties. The fol­low­ing are just a hand­ful of ways to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion for mil­i­tary men and women. • When din­ing out, ask

your server if you can pay the tab for a sol­dier or vet­eran you see in the restau­rant. • At­tend a mil­i­tary

pa­rade with your fam­ily and ex­plain the sig­nif­i­cance of the day to chil­dren in at­ten­dance. • Draft let­ters and send

care pack­ages to sol­diers cur­rently in ser­vice far away from home. • Ask your com­pany

if Vet­er­ans Day or Re­mem­brance Day can be an ob­served hol­i­day at your place of busi­ness each year to pay homage to ser­vice­men and women. • Visit a mil­i­tary memo­rial in a city near you. Your town also may have its own memo­rial. • Sup­port a mil­i­tary

fam­ily in your town who may be miss­ing a loved one sta­tioned else­where. Make meals, mow the lawn, help with gro­cery shop­ping, or sim­ply pro­vide emo­tional sup­port. • Vol­un­teer time at a

vet­er­ans’ hos­pi­tal. You may be able to read with vet­er­ans or en­gage in other ac­tiv­i­ties.

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