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For a prominent citizen, this marker is fairly modest. This was a leading citizen of Belleville NJ.
Not quite a funeral selfie…
Calvin Oak (~1806-1881). Old Jacksonville Cemetery, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. Photos taken 27 September 2013.
Shadow Busts by simplynano
Remembering Veterans on Instagram
In many countries, November 11 is set aside as a day for remembering and honoring those who have dedicated their lives to military service for their country. The date stems from the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918—the end of World War I.
In the United States, November 11th marks Veterans Day, a federal holiday. Declared as an observance by President Woodrow Wilson at the end of in 1919, it was officially expanded in 1954 to honor all servicemembers. Ceremonies take place across the country, and President Obama led the ceremony at Arlington National Ceremony honoring all veterans, including the oldest known surviving veteran of WWII.
In the UK and other Commonwealth countries, the day is known as Remembrance Day. Every year, thousands of Britons wear red lapel poppies as a symbol of remembrance of the fallen, and to raise money for the families of servicemen. The poppies, immortalized in John McCrae’s poem, “In Flanders Fields,” stand as a symbol for the poppy fields that grew out of the Belgian battlefields where many soldiers fell. Wreathes of poppies are also lain at the foot of The Cenotaph war memorial in Whitehall, London, as well as at ceremonies throughout other countries. A two-minute silence is observed on both Remembrance Sunday and November 11th at 11am.
November 11, 2013 0 Comments
While every day should really be a day where Veterans are given the respect and admiration that they deserve, today of all days is one in which each one of us should go the extra mile. Not sure where to start? Here are five simple ways that you can honor an active or retired veteran in your neighborhood:
1. Pick up the tab unexpectedly.
If you decide to eat out today, keep your eyes open for signs that there’s a veteran nearby. Certainly, an active-duty uniform will stand out, but retired veterans might decide to wear hats or other clothing that might tip you off that they’ve served in the past. Ask your waitress to include their meal on your tab. This could be just the surprise that they needed in order to know that their service is being recognized. Don’t have a lot of money to spare? Hang out at your local busy cafe. Even buying a drink for a couple of dollars can go a long way.
2. Call a veteran family member.
You likely don’t need to look any further than your own family to find an active or retired veteran. So give them a phone call. Let them know that you’re thinking about them. Even if the conversation is only a few minutes, the sign of respect that you’re showing them will likely not be forgotten any time soon. And who knows — perhaps you’ll learn something about that person that you never knew before.
3. Shop at a veteran-owned business.
Do you know a local business owner who also happens to be a veteran? Shop at his or her business today and let them know that you’re thinking about them. Not only will your purchase support that particular veteran and their business, but it will do its part in helping the local economy as well.
4. Spread the word about veteran causes.
You might find out about veteran causes today that otherwise never would have heard about. For instance, did you know about this crowdfunding campaign that was designed by Degage Ministries to help disadvantaged veterans? Let others know about this veteran-related cause and others by sending messages through Twitter, Facebook, or any other social channel you’re a part of.
5. Say “Thank You.”
Sometimes, it’s better to just keep things simple. When you see a veteran or active military member today — just simply say, “Thank you for your service.” You might be surprise by how a simple expression of thanks can go a long way.
Świadectwo kamieni (Memorial stones), 2011