Veteran’s Day: What is means to some

Several times in a calendar year we celebrate the service of our military members.
History of the Holidays
Memorial Day was first observed in 1868 as recognition of soldiers that died in the Civil War.  This holiday is traditionally observed on May 30 or the last Monday of the month of May.  As different wars have happened throughout history, Memorial Day celebration has spanned to not only cover fallen services members but to also veterans and current military members. It wasn’t until 1971 that Memorial day was declared a national holiday.
Veterans day is designed to honor all military veterans.  This holiday began as the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice ending World War 1. That war formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, hence the creation of November 11th of every year. Veterans day celebrates all service members living or deceased.  There are many similarities to the observation of both holidays.
A Celebration of Veterans Day
There are many ways to observe or celebrate the holiday(s) to celebrate soldiers. As the spouse of a military veteran, this holidays can be hard for the service member.  It allows all of us as a whole to “Thank a military member” but there are things that you can do to celebrate this holiday.  For some service members, it is hard to go through these holidays. It brings back memories of their time in service and the friends they have lost. Sometimes time doesn’t always heal the loss of a service member.
As tradition suggests, you can celebrate the service member in several ways. Thank a service member for his/her service. Extend your hand out to shake their hand in respect. Respect a service member and ask if you can hug them before fully embracing these services member.  Visit a nursing home and sit and talk with a veteran. Buy a service members’ meal or coffee. Ask an establishment if they have a pay it forward board, where you can pay for a meal/drink without them knowing.
Making a Difference to a Service Member
If you are a  friend or family of a service member, sit down and talk with them. So many times, we equate their service as a sign that they are resilient and strong. They tend to be these strong presences in our lives.   Talk with them, ask if they are ok and let them know you are there for them in any way.  We tend to not let people know that we are there for each other. Veterans just want to know there is someone they can talk to. If you open up a conversation, please understand they may not take you up on your offer at the moment.
For a service member to know they can come to sit down with a friend or family can mean the world to them.  There are times that they want to talk but don’t know who they can talk with on matters.   You may not have the answers or guidance on the subject they are talking about, but you are there for them.  They will recognize that someone is there as a support team for them.  Sometimes people need to know they have someone to listen and that they have been heard.
Take the time out to today to reach out to a service member you may know with a simple card, text, or phone call.
Happy Veterans Day!
“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” – Douglas MacArthur



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