questionsveteran's day is coming up. what does that mean…

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Thank you for serving to protect my country.

And FWIW, that's something we should say everyday, not just on one day in the year.

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As a 20-year retired Army veteran, I receive some of those "thank you" comments fairly frequently. It can be awkward to answer, but I usually say, "It was my honor." Many veterans do not like being thanked - there is some issue with sincerity, but I think mostly it is because veterans are embarrassed to be thanked for something they truly feel was an honor.

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@sand4me: Agree, and well said. (I'm also a retiree.) I try to say an encouraging word to those I see in uniform, especially those coming back from a war zone. To everyone else: If you really want to thank a veteran, then encourage your government representatives to support veteran healthcare, treatment for PTSD, programs to reintegrate veterans into civilian life and find them jobs, and support for families of those deployed. Knowing that their families are taken care of and that they will not end up homeless and without healthcare is the best thanks you can give.

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Not only remembering those who served and serve currently, but also the spouses too. While they don't get put in harms way, they give up careers, take care of the household and families while the service member is away, letting the Military members focus on their mission and not having to worry about problems at home.

Many of these spouses continue to volunteer at VA care centers, USO's and many other vet related places around your community long after their veteran spouse passes away. They feel it's their duty still. They don't get paid, they don't get much recognition, but they help the vets anyway.

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I pour some on the curb for my brothers and sisters that now reside with the great Paratrooper in the sky and take 15 or 20 minutes to reflect on the sacrifice that they made so the rest of use could remain free.

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Having served in the U.S. Army and my entire family before me serving in various services from WW1 to Current Day Ops (Air Force, Marines, Army, Navy and Coast Guard); I definitely take time to think on Veterans Day (And July4th/Memorial Day for that matter).

12 of my Soldiers are currently deployed to Afghanistan and while I send them care packages monthly, they are getting a special one for Memorial Day.

To all that served, a big thank you and HOO-AH!!

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When I retired from the Air Force in 2008 with 28+ years, I did a little math just to see what I came up with. At that time (and my son is still serving so the number is heading up), with a father, father-in-law, and a brother-in-law retired from the military, and mulitple near realitives who have served, our family needed over 155 years worth of service.

I've always been greatful that I could serve...and return home safely.

Hope and prayers for all those who serve.

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I have just returned from putting flags on the graves of Veterans. To me it means we honor the persons that allow us to live in freedom as we do. In todays world, too many people are not aware even we have wars in progress. Perhaps the simple gesture of placing flags on grave will remind them.

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anytime I see a person in uniform for the armed forces, I always thank them for what they do

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Thank you for posting this. And thank everyone for responding. It's so hard to show the gratitude deserved by all our brave soldiers and their families. I hope they do know how very much we appreciate them.

I heard about the 'silent thank you' a few years ago. Have done this in airports; it's such a small thing. The reactions I received brought tears to my eyes. Still does.

Thank each and every one of you, including all our valiant veterans. THANK YOU!

Video that shows how to say 'thanks': http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/12/thank-you-gratitude-campaign.html It's a simple gesture - place your hand over your heart, then move your open palm out to the soldier(s).

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Why do veterans get their own day? What have they ever done for us?
...Oh.

It doesn't mean anything to me personally, but I recognise the importance of it.

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I am a US Navy Veteran and was very proud to serve this great United States of America. I also thank all those who have served or will serve in any branch of the military.

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I wish we could thank them all by bringing as many of them home as possible. We are in too many needless wars.

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Stop the nation building, please.

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@iggz: You can't stop greatness, Iggz. Nor the bloodshed.

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

--Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

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It means quite a lot. My grandpa's 442nd regiment was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal last week. Veteran's Day is for him and for everyone who serves and has served. Thanks Grandpa.

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I'm thankful for the veterans who both live and have died in service of our country. We would not have the freedoms we have without them. If you are a veteran, "Thank you!"

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@nastyducky: I am so sorry. I weep and mourn with you.

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@nastyducky: I understand.

You have to let them grow up, you always worry but never expect to lose a child. God be with you. I am sorry for your loss. Days of rememberance can be bittersweet.

In honor of all who served, in memory of those that lost their lives, in support of those who gave part of themselves, this day is set apart. Every day should have a moment when we recognize what true public service is and the real cost it has.

My appreciation and thanks for those that carry on our duties. Than you.

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Veteran's Day is the day I say a prayer of thanks, for all who have served, all who are serving, and all who will serve. In my family, we have had at least 1 (mostly more) husband, son, brother, uncle, cousin in every war since the revolution. I think that's kind of cool. Gives a real sense of ownership in the country when you can break it down like that. And while I never served-my DH did. So I always say a prayer of thanks for the families left behind, because I know how hard that is too.

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@gmwhit: and @tpscan: Thank you for your thoughts - Sam was the daughter of friends of mine - it seemed she was born one day and then almost the next, we heard the terrible news. Time passes so quickly, they grow up and then they're gone.

Her mother, Maggie, served with the Marines as an air traffic controller in Viet Nam, the only woman to do so. She died of lung cancer two years ago, and is buried next to Sam at Arlington, by special permission from the government.

Sam's boyfriend, the young man she left behind when she deployed, died a year after her death, almost to the day, of heart failure. He was 24 years old. We think he died of a broken heart.

It is hard for me to think of war as having any positive purpose, but I honor Sam's memory and will never forget her.

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Slightly off topic, but I wanted to pay tribute to those who have given their time and love to entertain the military. I'd like to thank them, too. From Bob Hope to Cher (quite a difference, yes?)... and countless others. Thank you for caring enough. Cher: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEszTzdUMcY&feature=related