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Serving Those Who Have Served Us on This Veteran’s Day

On this Veteran’s Day, let’s take a moment to remember.  Let us lead our children to remember, respect, and honor those who have served — and sacrificed — for our freedoms.   Here are a few simple and heartfelt ways that we can “serve” those who have served us — on this special remembrance day and the days to come.

Thank a military service person.  Just smile and say thanks.  Your words will go a long way.  Just yesterday, a veteran reminded me how important it is to show our thanks to those who serve.  As you pass someone in uniform, take just a minute.  Smile.  Tell them, simply, “Thank you for serving.”  Your words will speak heartfelt volumes.

Spend a few moments in meditation or prayer.  Remember those who have served, those who are serving, and the many sacrifices made by them and their families.

Display a flag.  For those you know.  For those you don’t.  For all those in their honor.  For all that they have done.

Take part in an Operation Welcome Home event.  Throughout airports all over the country, people gather on multiple dates each month to welcome home our troops arriving home on flights.  Be there.  Welcome them home.  Give them a smile, extend your hand.  Tell them, “Welcome Home.”  These will be some of the most heartfelt, touching, rewarding moments of your life.  You will see how you touch our soldiers’ hearts – just by being there.  Just by welcoming them home.  It’s easy.  Just look up, online, the Operation Welcome Home calendar in your area; there are many, just like this one in Baltimore:  http://www.operationwelcomehomemd.org

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” -Cynthia Ozick

Let us remember.  Let us show our gratitude.  And for our freedoms, let us never take them for granted.

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