Magazine article VFW Magazine

Show the Nation How to Celebrate Veterans

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Show the Nation How to Celebrate Veterans

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Throughout the VFW, every day is Veterans Day. For the rest of the nation, it is celebrated Nov. 11 with observances, ceremonies and parades. VFW's leadership will be visible and participating in some of the most noteworthy events in and around Washington, D.C.

On that day, we will join the president, the vice president, cabinet secretaries, members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and thousands of patriots at Arlington National Cemetery. I will lay a VFW wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns during the ceremony there.

Later in the day, I also will lay a VFW wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. As a Vietnam War veteran, this holds special significance for me. This year marks the 35th anniversary of The Wall's dedication in 1982 (see p. 40).

In addition to Veterans Day itself, November offers other opportunities to honor veterans, active-duty troops and their families. In fact, November is Military Family Month.

This is a great time to host ceremonies at your Post to recognize the sacrifices they endure. Offer a "family fun night" or prepare a recognition dinner. You and your fellow Post members also can stage an activity within your community. Call attention to the unique challenges military families face when a loved one is deployed or recovering from wounds. Explain the regular upheaval a military family deals with when required to move to a new duty station.

If nothing else, spread a message of "thanks" throughout your social media channels. Get on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and publicly proclaim your appre ciation for military families. …

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