Since 1941, the country stopped on Veteran’s Day to recognize the brave men and women who defend our country. Businesses, schools, and colleges closed, cities large and small held grand parades. And then Vietnam happened.

Suddenly Veterans Day wasn’t so important anymore. Veterans were maligned. There were little or no parades, banks still closed, and to many people who had the day off, it was just another bank holiday.

Enter the first Iraq war in 1991 and a US victory . Since then, whether Americans agree on the justification of war or not, there is a profound appreciation of our military and the sacrifice they make day in and day out.

I love to see people stop a service person to thank them for their service. It doesn’t matter which uniform they’re wearing, they are always humble, and seem grateful that someone thought enough to say thank you.

Saying thank you is one small way to show your appreciation, but there are many others from the Wounded Warrior Project to the USO. Giving online is easy it takes about two minutes, thirty seconds if you know your credit card by heart like I do. 🙂

If you do nothing else today, take some time to say a prayer for our military and their families. If you see them around, shake their hand to express your gratitude. And if you can’t get up from your computer, log onto .To those who do so much for all of us, find a way to say thank you.


Posted on November 12, 2012, in Blog Posts and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Very nice post, Kim. I rarely see people in the military, however the few times I have, I go out of my way to greet them. But your post has given me an incentive to actually talk to them the next time I have the opportunity. Thank you.

  2. Thank you, Kim. I left a comment and hopefully it shows up. Patti

  3. As the daughter of a military veteran buried in Arlington Cemetery, I know how important it is to not only recognize the men and women who serve our country, but their families, too. Thanks, Kim, for giving them a shout out today. 🙂

  4. Yesterday was Rememberance Day for those of us in Canada. We honor our soldiers and give thanks for their sacrifices. And there are always so many sacrifices, isn’t there, Kim? I pray for the day when the world is at peace and our soldiers are safe and no longer have to leave their families for months at a time.

  5. Thank you for the tribute to our military. They deserve so much more than we can ever repay. One more small way of showing appreciation is Cup of Joe For A Joe at For your donation the company donates a cup of coffee to soldiers in your name – we’ve received thank yous from Afghanistan, Kuwait and other countries. One was even from a British Royal Marine.

  6. Thanks. VERY cool idea.

  7. Thanks for giving the military and their families the proper respect on this day to remember them. We can’t take for granted the freedoms our military fights to protect.

  8. Excellent! Great post, and I agree.

    I was going to mention the Cup of Joe program, but I see another beat me to it. 🙂

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