Honoring The Marine Corps Today & Veterans Tomorrow

Update: I forgot to mention that the City of Palm Beach Gardens is also hosting their Annual Veterans Day Celebration at Veterans Plaza at Palm Beach Gardens’ City Hall at 10500 N. Military Trail. The event will include the presentation of colors and a concert by Palm Beach Gardens Concert Band. It begins at 11:00 a.m. They suggest bringing a lawn chair.

Today the Marine Corps celebrates their 236th Birthday

“Semper Fi” to all who have served our nation in the greatest fighting force in the world!

Congratulations Marines!

Thank you for your honor, courage and commitment.

Tomorrow is VETERANS DAY!

How do you plan to honor our nation’s service members?

Veterans Day poster 2011

From VA.gov:

While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty.

From VA.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory:

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. (emphasis mine)

Silence on 11/11/11 at 11:00 a.m.

In many places the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month is celebrated by observing two-minutes of silence; this is the hour at which fighting ceased during World War I. Tomorrow this will have added significance because it is also happening in the year 2011. Please take that time to remember those who have served the United States of America in our defense.

If you do not normally fly the flag, please consider doing so tomorrow to honor those who serve.

From Military.com/veterans-day/:

United States Senate Resolution 143, which was passed on August 4, 2001, designated the week of November 11 through November 17, 2001, as “National Veterans Awareness Week.” The resolution calls for educational efforts directed at elementary and secondary school students concerning the contributions and sacrifices of veterans.

Learning a thing or two

The VA website has teacher’s guides for Veterans Day which can be used in schools, libraries and churches to help kids learn about the importance of gratitude, respect and honor for those who serve in our nation’s defense. If you are a teacher or a librarian, a community organization or even a parent or grandparent interested in teaching kids about Veteran’s Day, check out the guide provided on the website. You can download it for free: Veterans Day Teacher’s Guide. It includes scads of information that adults would do well to refresh their memories on and a coloring book for kids, stories and lots of ideas for honoring Veterans on Veterans Day and could also be used during Veterans Awareness Week next week.

The Town of Lake Park is Silent on the History, Tradition and Honor of Veterans Day

Our town staff would do well to take some lessons from this teacher’s guide and start placing emphasis on our town’s military men and women, especially on holidays set aside for this purpose. Honor and attention for our veterans is sadly lacking in Lake Park. Look around, what is our town doing to honor veterans tomorrow? The town website has announced that they are taking the day off for themselves and that town offices are closed. This is evidence of that CHANGE to our history and traditions which we have mentioned before. This slight to our military is an embarrassment to our town and a slap in the face to those who have sacrificially served each of us, as well as our nation as a whole. It’s time we take back our important national holidays and begin to commemorate them again.

Print your own Veterans Day Poster

You can find the Veterans Day poster gallery here. Click the link and view all the Veterans Day posters from 1978 to present. Pretty cool. Every year, a new poster is created (see above for this year’s poster) and they are distributed to schools, state governments and various Veterans and Military organizations. You may download and print the posters through the poster gallery for free.

Veterans Day events to be held in our area tomorrow

Wellington Christian School  8:45 to 10:00 a.m.

Palm Beach County Veterans Day Parade – 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Clematis and Sapodilla to Centennial Square and Waterfront Commons, Downtown West Palm Beach – small flags will be handed out to those watching along the parade route.

The Benjamin School in Palm Beach Gardens – 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Wounded Warriors Second Chance Fundraiser  7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Lankler Property, 102 and 106 Riverside Drive, Jupiter

According to his website, Congressman Allen West will be attending each of these nearby events as well as others in the South county. He will be speaking at some and riding his motorcycle in the Veterans Day parade in West Palm Beach.

The National Veterans Day Ceremony begins every year at 11:00 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery and opens with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

If you know of any events nearby that I have missed listing, please let us know in the comments below. Please take some time out of your day to honor those who have served the United States of America!

Letter from a student to a Marine serving overseas. It is amazing to read letters from kids to those who serve. Some of them are fantastically insightful. Many seem to grasp the honor and respect due for the sacrifices made in a much more profound way than their adult counterparts.

To those of you who have served our nation in the United States Armed Forces…

…Thank you for serving! Thank you for the sacrifices you and your families have made on my behalf and for our nation.

I am ever grateful.