3 Ways to Honor our Nation’s Veterans for their Service and Sacrifice
This Saturday, November 11, the nation will observe Veterans Day. On that date back in 1918, an armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany signifying the end of the First World War. Twenty years later, on November 11, 1938, legislation was passed to designate the date as “Armistice Day,” a legal holiday to celebrate world peace and honor World War I veterans. However, in 1954, after Americans had served and fought in two additional wars, the word “Armistice” was replaced with “Veterans” to honor American veterans, both living and deceased, of all wars. (As a side note—Memorial Day honors service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries sustained during battle.)
The National Veterans Day Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery occurs precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns. There are also many other observances throughout the country that represent fitting tributes to America’s heroes. You may reach out to your local organizer for more information or to assist.
Three Things You Can Do:
Other ways you can honor a living veteran this Saturday is to simply reach out to one and engage in meaningful conversation. If willing to discuss his or her experience, he or she may be able to give you a different perception of warfare. You can also present him or her with a gift to show your gratitude. It could be as simple as paying for his or her drink at a coffee shop or a meal at a restaurant. Or, you could prepare and give hand-written letters, children’s drawings, or even upcycled pallet art to express your thankfulness. For the latter option, check out our line of patriotic pallet art, available through Etsy.
At Rose Pallet, we are extremely grateful for the service and sacrifice of our U.S. military. This Saturday, all of us intend to seek out a veteran and thank him or her for his or her bravery, selflessness, and service. We encourage you to do the same.