After four years of horror, World War I finally came to an end on November 11th. That day, then called Armistice Day, would later become known as Veterans Day. World War I was hoped to be the ‘war that ends all wars”, but unfortunately this wasn’t the case.
In the years to come, American soldiers would be called upon again, first in World War II, and later in many other conflicts across the globe. The price of freedom is always high, and our country’s veterans have always stepped forth to pay it.
Thoughts of pumpkin pie and turkey legs may be dancing through our heads during the month of November, but it’s also a month to say thank you to those veterans. Without their sacrifice we may not even have a Turkey Day to enjoy. How can you say thank you to a veteran? Here are some ways:
You can make a donation. There are plenty of veteran’s groups such as Wounded Warriors that could use a helping hand. It doesn’t have to be cash either. Groups like Hero Miles can make good use of donated frequent flyer miles.
If money is a little tight this holiday season, you can also offer up your expertise. Sometimes the most valuable asset you have is the wisdom and skills you’ve accumulated over the years.
If you’re a business owner, why not consider hiring a veteran? The skills and expertise learned in the armed forces often translate very well to civilian service.
If none of these options seem appropriate, you can always do the simplest thing of all. Just say ‘Thank You.’ It takes a few seconds of your time and lets veterans know you appreciate the sacrifices they’ve made.