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Veteran’s Day

American Flag and Cross in Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

Today is Veteran’s Day here in America. Like my fellow vet Ken Thomas, I’m never sure how to respond when people thank me for my service.

So here’s an idea: if you feel the need to thank me and the millions of other veterans for their service, the best way to thank us is to find a way to serve yourself. You don’t have to join the military, of course: there are many, many other ways to serve.

Read books to young kids at a school. Work on a project to improve your neighborhood. Visit with the elderly and make them feel welcome. Coach a youth sports team. Contribute your time and energy to a good cause – one right in your own backyard. Everyone can offer something.

Heroes aren’t found only on the battlefield: they are all around us. Every day. Become one in your community.

It’s the best way to honor service.

  1. We could always use more people working as election officials, especially on off-year elections.

    Heck, we could even use more people just simply VOTING in off-year elections…

  2. As a veteran nothing would make me happier than for everyone I know to vote, EVERY TIME. That would show me the value of the “freedoms I protected.”

  3. Here’s another way you can say thanks:

    “This Web site give you an opportunity to send a free printed postcard to U.S. military personnel stationed overseas showing your support and appreciation for their service to our country.”

    Sponsored by Xerox.

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