Tomorrow is Veterans Day, an an official United States federal holiday that is observed annually on November 11, honoring people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I (major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect). The United States also originally observed Armistice Day; it then evolved into the current Veterans Day holiday in 1954.
On November 11, many Americans observe the day by attending ceremonies and parades that are dedicated to honoring the troops for their service. These often allow veterans to speak about their time in the service and give Americans the opportunity to personally thank veterans for their sacrifice.
To also thank veterans for their service many places such Great Clips is giving anyone who gets a haircut on November 11 will receive a card that a veteran or active-duty military service member can later use for a free haircut; UFC Gyms are giving free gym access to those with military ID and their families from November 11 to 15; Meineke offers free oil changes with military ID on Veterans Day; and national park admission is free for everyone on November 11.
As for free food and drink, these places are offering specials to veterans. Unless otherwise stated, the offers are valid on November 11 only. In all cases, be sure to bring ID with proof of status as a current or former member of the military.
Applebees • Bob Evans • California Pizza • Cracker Barrel • Denny’s • Friendly’s • Golden Corral • Hooter’s • IHop • IKEA • Little Ceasar’s
Here are other ways to express your gratitude to veterans and on all other days:
- A great way to say “Thank you veterans” is to show up. There are many Veterans Day events – go to one and bring your family.
- Seek out opportunities to hire veterans. Unemployment for veterans is higher than average. Yet, veterans are disciplined, hard working and loyal. I’m fortunate to have worked with several young people who joined the military. They were amazing employees.
- Because there isn’t enough work for all of the military personnel who have returned home, many of them survive on odd jobs. What do you need done around your house? Post your odd jobs on Hire Patriots and give back to those who have given so much. Plus, you’ll get someone who knows how to get a job done.
- Say, “thank you for your service” when you see people in uniform.
- Encourage your local schools to have a Veterans Day Discussion. There’s also a great program called Take a Veteran to School Day that brings Veterans into the classroom to share their experiences.
- Pay for lunch, a drink or dessert when you see a military person in a restaurant.
- Offer a ride. Many veterans don’t have transportation to and from their medical appointments at VA Hospitals. You can volunteer as a van driver for Disabled American Veterans.
- Support our troops by supporting families who have a member deployed. The families are often forgotten. Thank them for their sacrifices. Offer to help them around the house. Babysit. Let them know you recognize their sacrifice and ask how you can help.
- Volunteer or donate to a nonprofit that supports veterans.
- Surprise a veteran by raking his/her leaves, washing their car, or something else.
NJC Printing would like to thank all military personnel for their service.
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