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Esther Wilkin
B: 1921-09-09
D: 2017-11-21
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Joseph Hutcheson
B: 1977-09-12
D: 2017-11-16
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Robert "Bob" Gaeke
B: 1929-04-25
D: 2017-11-13
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Frank Luhn
B: 1931-12-09
D: 2017-11-03
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Verda Wilhelm
B: 1928-11-28
D: 2017-11-03
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Teddy Cooper
B: 1941-05-15
D: 2017-11-01
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Emma Whitt
B: 1928-05-23
D: 2017-10-26
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Charlotte "Dean" Staley
B: 1930-04-25
D: 2017-10-23
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Lois Marshall
B: 1944-08-25
D: 2017-10-23
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Beverly Peckolt
B: 1938-04-16
D: 2017-10-10
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Caleigh Faith Hildebrandt
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D: 2017-10-05
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Dottie Hubbell
B: 1946-09-23
D: 2017-10-02
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B: 1938-01-10
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Robert Barnes
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D: 2017-09-26
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Eric Wright
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D: 2017-09-10
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10 Ways to Honor Veterans Day

Friday, November 10, 2017

On November 11th 1918, the armistice was signed signally an end to the Great War or what would later become known as World War I. This was a monumental day in history and one that has been recognized every year since. The day was originally referred to by President Wilson as Armistice Day, and was created as a way to recognize and remember both those that survived the war and those that perished. In 1971, the day was officially renamed to Veterans Day.

While Veterans Day is celebrated every year, many people often mistake it’s meaning for Memorial Day. Memorial Day is dedicated to remembering those that have died in battle or as a result of their wounds. Veterans Day is a day to think about all veterans, both those living and those that have passed. It is a time to thank them for their service and the sacrifices they have made for our nation. If it were not for the bravery and dedication displayed by the members of our military, we would not be able to enjoy the freedoms that we do. And for that, we say thank you.

This year, we want to help give back by providing you with different ways you can say thanks to the veterans in your life. Whether it is directly or indirectly, everyone is connected in some way or another to a member of the military. By taking part in one of the ten activities listed below, you are not only recognizing military personnel for the sacrifices they make, but also saying thanks for everything that they do.

 

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1. Wear a Poppy and Attend an Event

On November 11th communities across the country hold events to recognize and celebrate Veterans Day. By showing up and participating in these events, you are not only showing your support and saying thanks, you’re celebrating military personnel for the heroes that they are.

 

2. Sit Down and Talk with a Veteran

In order to truly appreciate the sacrifices a veteran makes, take some time to sit down and talk with one. Doing so will help you get a better understanding of what life in the military is like and it will allow you to better understand why we celebrate Veterans Day. Try to stay clear of questions about combat as this might be uncomfortable for them to talk about. Instead ask things like what motivated them to join the military. What is their proudest moment? What were some of their duties?

 

3. Volunteer at a VA Hospital

Reach out to your nearest VA hospital and find out if there are any opportunities to volunteer at the hospital or spend time with the veterans there. Many VA hospitals hold events or ceremonies on Veterans Day so inquire if there is anything you could do to help at the event. Even just spending some time and talking with a patient could help brighten his/her day.

 

4. Hold a Care Package Party

If you know of any troops overseas, hold a party to create care packages to send over to them. Receiving a package of things from home will help lift their spirits and feel connected with loved ones. If you don’t know anyone overseas, there are plenty of organizations that could connect you with troops you could send your packages to.

 

5. Help Educate Students About Veterans Day

Encourage your child’s teacher to plan a lesson or some activities to teach their class about Veterans Day and its history. A small project could be a great way for students to learn about Veterans Day and get inspired to volunteer at future events.

 

6. Invite a Veteran to Speak with Students

If you or someone you know is a school teacher, encourage them to invite a veteran into their class. This would be a great opportunity for students to learn firsthand what life in the military is like and why we celebrate Veterans Day. If you don’t know a veteran, contact your local VA, they will be able to connect you with someone who would be pleased to speak with your students.

 

7. Hold A Fundraiser

One the best ways to help support veterans is by helping to raise funds to donate to groups and organizations like Wounded Warriors or your local VA office. By organizing a fundraising event, you can help these important groups and show your appreciation for everything they do.

 

8. Write a Letter

If someone you know is stationed overseas, take some time to write them a letter. Receiving a letter from home will help brighten their day and it lets them know you’re thinking about them.

 

9. Visit a National Park

Spend some time outdoors with the veteran in your life by spending the day at a National park.  The National Park Service offers free admission to everyone on Veterans Day weekend.

 

10. Visit The Grave of a Veteran You Have Lost

If there is a veteran in your life that has passed away, make sure to visit their grave and pay your respects. Lay some flowers, say a prayer, and pay your respects by visiting them and spending some time at their resting place.

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