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A Day for the Brave

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

By Alec Weltzien

“This nation will remain the land of the free,” wrote journalist Elmer Davis, “only so long as it is the home of the brave.”  On November 11th, we honor our veterans.  We’d like you to get involved in the commemorations of Veterans Day, so we’ve put together some ways to pay tribute to their service.

  • Display the flag. Unsure how to fold it? USflag.org explains.
  • Join national, state or local ceremonies. The National Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begins at 11 AM. Find more information about ceremonies across the country at the Department of Veteran Affairs website.
  • Read about the bios of American military heroes here.
  • Donate at home and abroad. Spirit of America helps the U.S. military help locals in areas where they are serving. The Mission Continues enables disabled or wounded veterans to serve again by becoming leaders in their communities.
  • Connect with local veteran groups.  The Veterans of Foreign Wars website can help you find your local post.
  • Volunteer. Visit a veterans’ hospital or help maintain a military cemetery. The Department of Veteran Affairs has opportunities.
  • Visit a military cemetery.  You don’t have to travel to Arlington National Cemetery; the Department of Veteran Affairs keeps a list of National Cemeteries in each state.
  • Tell a veteran thank you. It’s a simple, personal way to honor someone who served for you.

Image from the U.S. Army.