Honoring our veterans and military personnel (Part 2)

November 18, 2021

Veteran’s Day
November 11, 2021

Many of our veterans have returned home from war with scars, injuries and are having a very difficult time. The price for freedom costs. The greatest thing we can do this Veterans Day and the upcoming holiday season is to not serve ourselves, but volunteer our services or donate on behalf of these brave soldiers who have served our country willingly and sacrificially.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs lists several Veterans Service Organizations at the Milwaukee Regional Office. Organizations accept donations and offer volunteer services. See Milwaukee Regional Services website for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at: https://www.benefits.va.gov/Milwaukee/veterans-services-orgs.asp. Three organizations are listed below:

American Legion.

Your donation will be used to help the American Legion fulfill its mission to support veterans, military personnel, families and communities through American Legion Charities, which distributes funds where they are most needed to support programs and services of the organization.

Paralyzed Veterans of America encourage you to give a gift to the paralyzed and disabled veterans who need our help today. Your gift today will help a paralyzed veteran receive life-changing care, earned benefits, employer services and benefit from groundbreaking research, all free of charge.

Disabled American Veterans.

The DAV offers a wide range of opportunities for individuals who want to make good on the commitment given our nation’s heroes. Volunteer at one of the VA Hospitals, drive veterans to appointments or provide specialized help based on individual needs.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

At the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, the official wreath-laying ceremony is held each Veterans Day. Located at the National Cemetery, the Tomb was initially dedicated by the Army of Armistice Day, November 11, 1921, with the burial of an unknown service member from World War I. Over the past century, additional unknowns have been buried at the Tomb, and the site has become a people’s memorial that inspires reflection on service, valor, sacrifice and mourning. The ceremony commences at precisely at 11:00 a.m., and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.

Maya Angelou once said: “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” This Veterans Day, November 11, 2021, we salute and honor our heroes and we acknowledge we owe a debt of gratitude to our veterans because they have been willing to go, to serve and to give on behalf of the United States of America!

Source:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Service Organizations at: https://www.benefits.va.gov/Milwaukee/veterans-services-orgs.asp.

Next Week: Happy Thanksgiving!

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