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Suggestions for Veterans Day 2020

By Ron Montonye - Pierce County Veterans Service Officer | Nov 7, 2020

In just a few days we will once again be celebrating Veterans Day. It is a day we will remember and honor all our veterans, both living and deceased, who have served our nation in times of war and peace. For all the freedoms and liberties they have won for us, it is our duty, our obligation, and our privilege to do this. Our recent national election is just one reminder of the freedom they have won, and continue to preserve, for us. Despite the divisive nature of the election, let it not be overlooked that we have this right to vote because of the service and sacrifice made by our veterans.

On this upcoming Veterans Day, I would like to suggest and encourage you to do one or more of the following:

* Fly the U.S. flag, and a POW/MIA flag if you have one, as well as any patriotic flag you might have.

* Pick up and read a historical book about veterans, or even just a particular veteran.

* Watch a war movie that positively shows the true American soldiers and their impact on our nation. “Gettysburg”, “Saving Private Ryan”, “Band of Brothers”, and “We Were Soldiers”, are just a few of my many favorite shows.

* Most years I would encourage you to attend a Veterans Day program. However, with the current COVID-19 situation, this may not be possible. But, you can still listen to a radio or television broadcast on one of your local stations.

* Take time to visit and share your own experience, if you are a veteran, or share your appreciation of all veterans with your children, grandchildren, or other family members. Share with them a particular veteran you admire and remember.

* Take time to personally thank a veteran for their service to our country, whether it is a family member, friend, or any veteran that may cross your path.

* Remember those from our nation that are presently serving in our military. Pray especially for those in areas of war, hostility, or danger. May their guardian angel watch over them. But, most of all, pray they will have the courage to do their duty with dignity and honor.

* Remember the families of veterans who anxiously wait for the safe return of their loved one. May they feel the love and comfort of our Lord knowing that He has not abandoned them or their loved one. May they also sense the appreciation felt by all Americans for what their loved one is doing for our nation. May they find comfort in that as well.

* Let us not forget to remember our POWs and MIAs. Wherever they may be, may they have found comfort, peace, and eternal rest. May we always remain dedicated to the task of bringing them all home.

With these suggestions, it is my hope we will do these things, not just on Veterans Day, but every day throughout the year. As I often say, let us always remember our veterans, let us appreciate them for their deeds, and let us live our daily lives in a way that brings honor to the sacrifices they have made for us.

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