How to honor a veteran this Veterans Day

How to honor a veteran this Veterans Day

by Jennifer Donovan
American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters

INDIANAPOLIS — Veterans Day, Nov. 11, is a day set aside to remember and recognize veterans who have served or who are currently serving to protect our freedoms.

American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) units will be hosting special events in their communities nationwide to honor veterans. In addition to attending these events, there are simple things people can do to make a big difference in a veteran’s life on this special day. The American Legion Auxiliary also recognizes the devoted caregivers and families who give selfless support and dedication to the men and women of the armed forces.

  • Seek out Veterans Day events. Attend a ceremony, parade, or other special event in your community.
  • Offer help. Do you have a relative, friend, or neighbor who’s a veteran? Offer to help with household chores or yardwork.
  • Thank veterans for their service or write a thank-you card to show your gratitude. Both are small gestures that can make a huge impact.
  • Ask a veteran about their time in the military. Be sure to be an engaged listener.
  • Volunteer with an American Legion Auxiliary unit in your community. Reach out to the local American Legion post home for ALA unit info, or visit the website for more information.
  • Donate to a cause that helps veterans. Every dollar helps. Even a small donation is money well spent to support our nation’s heroes. Consider donating to the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation to support veterans, military, and their families for generations to come.

Veterans Day originated in 1919 as Armistice Day to mark the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I. The date of Nov. 11 is significant because fighting between the Allied nations and Germany ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month in 1918. In 1954, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the name to Veterans Day.

Not to be confused with Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all veterans – those who have served and are currently serving, along with those who have passed.

The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) is a community of volunteers serving veterans, military, and their families. Our members also support the mission of The American Legion in improving the quality of life for our nation’s veterans. Proud sponsor of ALA Girls Nation, National Poppy Day® and recognized for advocating for veterans on Capitol Hill, the more than 550,000 ALA members volunteer millions of hours annually and raise millions of dollars in service to veterans, military, and their families. Founded in 1919, the ALA is one of the oldest patriotic membership organizations in the U.S.A. To learn more and to volunteer, join, and donate, visit the website

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