8 Ways to Observe Veterans Day

In the Fall 2021 issue of Boom Magazine, we told the story of Walter Dukes who served in Vietnam, attached to the 376th Strategic Air Command that performed bombing and air refueling missions over Southeast Asia. He returned to the U.S. a changed man who became homeless and disconnected from his family. The Vietnam War and other conflicts since and before then are full of stories of men who sacrificed years of their lives for the freedom of our country.

On November 11—the 67th anniversary of Veterans Day (formerly known as Armistice Day from 1918 until 1954)—we honor the current military and military veterans who have protected and defended our country. Here are 8 simple ways you can observe Veterans Day and honor those who have served.

Official poster for the Veterans Day National Ceremony.
  1. Thank a veteran, and ask them about their service.
  2. Don’t confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day. Veterans Day is a time to thank those who are serving or have served and are still living. Memorial Day is to reflect and remember those who lost their lives in service to their country. Confusing the two or combining the two diminishes the importance of both.
  3. Write a letter or send a card to a veteran.
  4. Invite a veteran and their family to a national park. Did you know there are 6 national parks in Georgia within a few hours’ drive?
  5. Attend a local Veterans Day event. Our local VFW is sponsoring hamburgers, hotdogs and music, free to the community.
  6. Watch the Veterans Day National Ceremony with wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
  7. Learn about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
  8. Read our Boom Magazine stories about veteran experiences:

Do you have a story about a veteran you’d like to share? We’d like to hear it! Send it to us for publishing consideration through our submission page.

This article was written by the BoomAthens Staff.

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