No other photograph makes me more aware of my freedom. November 11th is the observed holiday that raises our awareness to those who defend our freedom. This historic photograph stands behind the date of February 23, 1945. It’s 70 years old -and still resonates as the most significant and recognizable image of war. What resonates the most for you on Veterans Day?-Hanging your Flag?, Saying Hello to a uniformed soldier?, Calling a friend who served and saying Thank You?… Don’t let this Wednesday pass by without recognizing a veteran.
Historians have the identity of the six men raising our nation’s flag. But, who are the other 19 million faces that have raised their hand to guard our freedom?
Recognizing a veteran might not be all that simple these days. Fortunately, many of them are out of uniform, and unfortunately many of them are homeless. How can you recognize a veteran?
Everybody can do something. Every American. Every business. Every school… Please let’s all set out a goal to do a mindful manner towards a veteran on 11.11.15. Here are eleven simple tips you might not know:
- Properly display your flag
- Change one light to green in a visible location-on your porch, in your home, or at your office
- Hire a Veteran.
- Help send a care package to a service member. My local mail center is always collecting boxes for our active veterans overseas.www.hometownmailcenter.com
- Donate online to a supporting qualified charitable organization.
- Donate your older car through the service of Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation.
- Take your running to a different level, and run for Homes for Our Troops
- Buy a ticket for a Vet to attend a Fun event.
- If you own a business, offer a discount service or something free to anyone identifying themselves as a veteran.
- Take the time to tune in on HBO to watch an uplifting and emotional tribute on 11.11.15 at 7pm.
- My Favorite—Say Thanks, Look at that veteran, or active military person-and say Thank You…
Stand up and be thankful for your freedom.
Demetria and Lisa
Co-Founders Mother, May I – Etiquette Experts