1. Veterans Day is Not Memorial Day
2. November 11 is Always Veterans Day
3. President Eisenhower Changed the Holiday Name
4. Other Countries Celebrate It Too
5. Arlington National Cemetery Hosts an Annual Event
6. There’s No Apostrophe in Veterans Day
7. All Veterans are Honored
Take Care of a Veteran This Veterans Day
Want to take it up a notch? Here are a few ideas:
Stop by the local VFW – Most communities have a local military gathering place like the VFW or American Legion. Stop by and shake the hands of local veterans. They love for visitors to come in and say hello!
Honor deceased vets – Today is about honoring all vets, including the ones who have passed away. Stop by a cemetery to clean up vet gravesites or place flags on their site.
Get involved – There are tons of local and national nonprofit organizations dedicated to taking care of our military vets. Find one whose mission resonates with you and volunteer your time. Operation Gratitude is always looking for help to fill care packages for active duty troops as well as wounded heroes and vets.
Keep them company – If you’re out and about on Veterans Day at a restaurant — many give out free meals to vets — and see a veteran eating alone, ask if you can sit with them.They might just love the company. You can also stop by a VA home to see how you can help out.