Peace is predicated upon the good will, good nature, and general goodness of mankind. Thus, war and conflict have been used to settle what goodness alone could not. Our history as a nation is replete with conflict; it established our righteous beginnings and divided our civil discourse. In the face of these conflicts, there have always been men and women ready to answer their nation’s call. They have inspired us with their sacrifice, honored us with their dedication, and humbled us with their unfathomable courage.
On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918, hostilities in World War I ended with the hope that the world could find peace. While that peace was short-lived, Americans’ respect and support for their uniformed veterans was not. Known around the world as Armistice Day for some, Remembrance Day for others, the 11th day of November is set aside to honor all those who have honored us with their service. (Thanks to Life of Duty for this information.)
Saying “thank you” to our veterans can take many forms. Shake a veteran’s hand. Send a card. Volunteer at a local veterans group or hospital. Whether you are a veteran yourself or would just like to say thank you, these resources can help you get started.
- Tweet a Message of Support #ThankYouVeterans
- Change Your Facebook Profile Picture (Google Veterans Day 2013)
- Post a Tribute on USAA’s Wall of Honor
- Send a card to a soldier
- Life of Duty
- Hire a Vet
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