Freedom is never free. As we ready ourselves to honor our nation’s heroes on Veterans Day, take a moment to reflect on what this day really signifies. On this day we pay tribute to ALL American veterans (living or dead), but especially give thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ended. The First World War left nine million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded. In addition, at least five million civilians died from disease, starvation, or exposure.
The brave men and women who serve and protect the United States come from all walks of life; they are parents, children and grandparents. They are friends, neighbors and co-workers, and an important part of their communities.
Your patriotism need not involve running out and joining the military. Each one of us can enlist ourselves as volunteers for public service, or community work. In a quote from Jeff Miller, “The willingness ofAmerica’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude”.
So, let’s show our gratitude this Veterans Day. Proudly fly your colors (American flag) and wish everyone you see a happy Veterans Day. Several local businesses are showing their gratitude by offering our military personnel special deals on Wednesday, Nov 11th. Here are just a couple:
Applebee’s – offering free meals to veterans and active-duty military members on November 11th.
Denny’s – offering free Build Your Own Slam from 5 am to noon.
Golden Corral – Free dinner from 5 pm to 9 pm.
Olive Garden – Free meal from a limited menu. Family members dining with them enjoy 10% off their meals.