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Veterans Day is a special day for all who have worn the uniform of the United States and served our country. As our nation honors all those who have served, military families are increasingly being recognized at these events, and they are being honored for their sacrifices as well.
Veterans Advantage is proud to be doing its part. Below is a roundup of Veterans Day activities of note – Nationally, in Washington and New York City.
On the national level, all eyes will be on the Veterans Day National Ceremony. It will be held November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery, beginning at 11 am. The annual tradition includes the wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by Veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries.
Separately, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has designated an impressive array of 54 regional Veterans Day observances.
“On Veterans Day we celebrate the lives and legacy of America’s 23 million living Veterans,” said Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. “From the National Veterans Day observance to regional celebrations nationwide, I encourage all Americans to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our Veterans for their service.”
More information on locating a regional site, or to apply your site for observance next year, click here.
Online, the U.S. Department of Defense has launched, “Veterans’ Reflections,” a historical tribute to all the men and women who served our country, from World War II to Desert Storm. In honor of Veterans Day, the DoD will be posting first-hand stories from warriors of all generations throughout the month of November at this special Web site.
For those in the Washington DC area, here are some tips for other notable events around the area:
“It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to recognize the sacrifices that our country’s disabled Veterans have made on behalf of us all…We owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude and respect. This Memorial is a magnificent way to help pay this debt,” said Sinese, in a statement, where you can find more details.
VETERANS DAY IN NEW YORK CITY
Veterans Advantage will once again be represented at the Veterans Day Parade in New York City. As part of our support for the United War Veterans Council under the leadership of Vince McGowan, we will ride the Veterans Advantage float from 24th Street up New York City's famed 5th Avenue to Central Park.
The New York City Veterans Day parade is the nation’s largest, and more popular than ever. If you would like to join us marching in the parade, please contact Veterans Advantage via email by clicking here.
Click here for background on our participation last year.
MILITARY FAMILY MONTH: EVERY DAY THIS MONTH
This month is Military Family Appreciation Month. As part of our Veterans Day activities, we should all take a moment to lend a helping hand to the unsung heroes in our military: the family members who support our service personnel.
While American families are struggling in a down economy, the national situation is particularly difficult on military families, who are now in their 10th year of two wars. In his proclamation issued just last Friday, President Obama stated:
“Government can only do so much. While only a fraction of Americans are in military families, all of us share in the responsibility of caring for our military families and Veterans, and all sectors of our society are better off when we reach out and work together to support these patriots…. As America asks ever more of military families, they have a right to expect more of us -- it is our national challenge and moral obligation to uphold that promise.”
There is plenty Americans can be doing to uphold that promise. Employers can offer job opportunities and workplace flexibility. We can volunteer with local community groups who are organizing programs to assist the troops and their families. We can reach out and personally thank our military families for their service and sacrifice.
Veterans Advantage’s “Every Day is Veterans Day” Mission
Veterans Advantage is trying to do its part. “Our mission is to make every day Veterans Day for all who serve or have served and their families, as we partner with companies who offer their thanks with special savings on products and services - this Veterans Day, this month of November, and every day of the year,” said Scott Higgins, founder and CEO of Veterans Advantage, a Vietnam Veteran.
President John Kennedy put it well when he said “A nation reveals itself by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.” “We are deeply grateful for the service and sacrifice of our young men and women and their families, as we continue to wage two wars ,” Higgins added. “We have an obligation and a responsibility to thank them in tangible and meaningful ways,” he said.