Veterans Day   1 comment

I was hoping to write another installment in my Slobs series for Halloween, titled (unsurprisingly) Halloween for Slobs–and again unsurprisingly I did not get around to it.  Perhaps next year you’ll see that.  It will be a sister piece to my Christmas for Slobs on this blog, to be followed (when I get around to it) by my e-book Homeschooling for Slobs.

However, I do not recommend trying to do Veterans Day for Slobs.

Nope.  This day is one holiday you are not going to slob up.

For Veterans Day here are some ideas.  (By the way this lack of punctuation is correct–Veterans in this case is an attributive noun.)

There is probably a Veterans Day Parade in your city or town.  You might attend that to honor the veterans who march in it.

Another way to show respect is to attend a flag placing ceremony at a military cemetery.  I have done that twice with my daughter who is a scout, and it is a great honor to be among those who place the small American flags in front of each white tombstone.

You could make a donation to a non-profit that exists to serve veterans, or find one locally that needs your help.

One of the most personal things to do, of course, is to thank men and women you know who are veterans or who are currently serving in the military. If you know a military family whose enlisted member is currently overseas, ask what you can do to be of help and follow through with that.

Whatever your political views and whatever your perspective on wars we have fought in the past and our current involvements, these people deserve our respect and support.

They and their families have endured separations, often repeated, that no family would want to experience.  They have often moved to new locations where they have once again set up housekeeping and made a home.  They are some of the most kind and hard-working people you will ever meet.

And they are incredibly brave men and women who have chosen to serve where there are risks to be run.

Thank them.


Posted November 11, 2014 by swanatbagend in gratitude, holidays

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  1. Actually, we DID do a Veterans Day (Armistice Day for us) thing. Up at the Assisted Living, they had a really nice event – black tenor from Christ Church to whom Chris Hoganson donated a kidney last year sang – gorgeous voice. Pianist played military marches from Army, Navy, AF, and Marines while guys from those outfits stood up and were applauded – Lynn among them. Kids from Fern Creek HS did interviews with a bunch of veterans – several from WWII – and we saw portions of 3 of them. Followed by wondrously fattening cupcakes – I ate a vanilla one, then someone said there were chocolate, so I brought a chocolate home and had it for dessert after dinner. Since we did not do the flags at Cave Hill this year, I’m so glad we participated in the event here.

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