Ways to honor our vet­er­ans

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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 hol­i­days mark an es­pe­cially im­por­tant time to thank vet­er­ans for their ser­vice.

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 to pay homage to ser­vice­men and women. Visit a mil­i­tary memo­rial in a city near you. 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.

Get in­volved with a mil­i­tary sup­port char­ity that can pro­vide much-needed funds to strug­gling fam­i­lies or dis­abled vet­er­ans.

Have chil­dren speak with vet­er­ans in your fam­ily, in­clud­ing grand­par­ents, un­cles and aunts or even their own par­ents. It can help them gain per­spec­tive on the im­por­tant roles the mil­i­tary plays.

Ask a vet­eran to give a com­mence­ment speech at a school or to be the guest of honor at a spe­cial func­tion.

Drive dis­abled vet­er­ans to doc­tors’ ap­point­ments or to run any er­rands.

Sup­port a lo­cal VFW or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Cre­ate a scrap­book for a vet­eran in your life.

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