You already know that people in the U.S. military right now are working especially hard. So you might want to pay attention to November 11. That's Veterans Day, a day to honor all the men and women in the military who have served their country in the past.
November 11 was first set aside as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of fighting in World War I on that day in 1918. Then in 1954, Congress voted to make November 11 a day to honor all veterans and changed the name to Veterans Day. The day is dedicated to those who have served in the U.S. military. And, although you usually hear about veterans who fought in wars — like World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War — many veterans served during times of peace. Just because they weren't fighting, doesn't mean they weren't working to protect their nation.
How can you take part in Veterans Day? One way is to talk to veterans. Maybe a parent, grandparent, or family friend served or is serving in the military. Sit down and talk to him or her about the experience.
You could also get historical and check out a book about a particular war or the people who fought in it. Lots of books give you first-person tales of what it was like to be there, so you can get a feel for what those people saw and did.
And what about the hundreds of thousands of military personnel who are currently serving overseas? If you have friends and family members in the military, write them a note or send them an email telling them you're thinking of them. If you don't know anyone serving overseas but still want to show your appreciation for our troops, you can write a letter as part of the USO's care package program.
It may be tough to really understand what veterans — and those currently serving our country — have experienced, but we can still thank them for everything they've done.
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