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November 7, 2017 • Page 7 shop online at www.missourivalleyshopper.com THANK YOU Veterans Veterans Day Facts Remembering and Figures Our Veterans The men and women who defend the liberties and freedoms of the countries they represent hold a special place in people’s hearts and an eternal spot in their countries’ histories. Any opportunity is a good time to commemorate the bravery and selfless deeds of military personnel, but certain prominent holidays in November make this an especially important time to thank veterans for their service. November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Canada. It’s also known as Armistice Day in other parts of the world. These holidays honor all military veterans who have provided service to their countries, and that each falls on November 11 is no coincidence, as the day commemorates the anniversary of the end of World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Many places around the world pause and remember fallen veterans on November 11, but a good majority of Veterans Day and Remembrance Day commemorative events focus on past and current veterans who are still alive. There are many ways to honor the military at home and abroad in time for the November festivities. The following are just a handful of ways to show appreciation for military men and women. • When dining out, ask your server if you can pay the tab for a soldier or veteran you see in the restaurant. • Attend a military parade with your family and explain the significance of the day to children in attendance. • Draft letters and send care packages to soldiers currently in service far away from home. • Ask your company if Veterans Day or Remembrance Day can be an observed holiday at your place of business each year to pay homage to servicemen and women. or those who participated in the Gulf War Veterans Day, once known as Armistice Day, reached 6.2 percent. was first celebrated on November 11, 1919, the • Visit a military memorial in a city near you. ? Upon retiring or being discharged, veteranniversary of the end of World War I. In 1928, Your town also may have its own memorial. ans may need help acclimating to life outside the United States Congress passed a resolution • Petition town officials to erect a memorial the military. The Department of Veterans Affor Armistice Day to be an annual observaif your town does not already have one. Such fairs says about 30 percent of Vietnam War vettion, and by 1938, the day became a national memorials can be a source of inspiration for your erans have been diagnosed with post-traumatic holiday. community. stress disorder, or PTSD. Differing from Memorial Day in May, Armi• Support a military family in your town who ? Between 1971 and 1977, Veterans Day was may be missing a loved one stationed elsewhere. stice Day, which would be renamed Veterans celebrated on the fourth Monday in October. Day in 1954 under President Dwight EisenMake meals, mow the lawn, help with grocery It was changed back to its original date, Nohower, pays tribute to veterans who survived shopping, or simply provide emotional support. vember 11, in 1975 when President Gerald Ford various wars. Memorial Day commemorates • Volunteer time at a veterans’ hospital. You signed bill S.331 into law. The change went into those veterans who lost their lives. may be able to read with veterans or engage in effect beginning in 1978. Americans celebrate Veterans Day, while other activities. ? An American soldier was buried at the • Get involved with a military support charity residents of Great Britain, Canada and Australia national cemetery in Arlington on November celebrate Remembrance Day. Those who want that can provide much-needed funds to strug11, 1921. His identity was unknown, and the to learn more about Veterans Day can consider gling families or disabled veterans. gravesite is known as the ‘Tomb of the Unthe following facts. • Have children speak with veterans in your known Soldier.’ A guard from the Society of the ? According to the American Community family, including grandparents, uncles and aunts Honor Guard stands watch over the grave each Survey, there were 19.3 million military veteror even their own parents. It can help them gain year on Veterans Day, and the president or anans in the United States in 2014. Of those, 1.6 perspective on the important roles the military other high-ranking member of the government million were female. plays. places a wreath on the grave. ? California, Texas and Florida comprise • Ask a veteran to give a commencement Veterans Day occurs each year on Novemthe states with the largest number of veterans, speech at a school or to be the guest of honor at ber 11, marking the end of World War I. The day equalling one million or more. a special function. has evolved into a celebration and remem? Veterans consist of people who served • Drive disabled veterans to doctors’ appointbrance of the heroism of America’s brave in the military. This includes the Army, Navy, ments or to run any errands. soldiers. Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard. • Support a local VFW organization. • Create a scrapbook for a veteran in your life. Veterans serve in times of war and peace. ? The word ‘veteran’ comes • Cheer for or thank military personnel each from the Old English language time you see them. and means ‘old, experienced • Visit the veterans’ portion of a nearby soldier’. The first use of the cemetery and place poppies or other flowers on word was documented in 1789. the graves. ? Although many veterans • Always keep the military on your mind and are working, and the average never forget those who have served and didn’t annual income of male veterExperience Gentle, Personalized Dental Care For Your Entire Family! return home. ans is $37,000, some veterans Armistice Day, Remembrance Day and continue to be unemployed. Veterans Day are great ways to honor past and According to data from the U.S. current military for their service and sacrifice. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 1101 Broadway Suite 105 overall unemployment rate for Morgen Square Plaza veterans rose to 7.6 percent in 665-2448 January 2013. The unemploywww.scott-family-dentistry.com ment rate of post-9/11 veterans We thank all those who have served our country! 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