The library is closed today in observance of Veterans Day, but I wanted to do a post to say thank you to those who serve our country. November 11 marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. Congress declared this day to be a day to focus on world peace and those who serve their country in pursuit of world peace. It is a day to honor and celebrate the brave, courageous and dedicated men and women who serve or have served in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy and National Guard.
If you are looking for ways to show your appreciation, you may find these organizations helpful:
America Supports You, which is sponsored by the Department of Defense, connects people to local groups that support troops and their families.
A Million Thanks is a nonprofit that sends letters, cards, emails and thoughts to members of the military.
To Our Soldiers is an Army sponsored website where people can post words of thanks and encouragement to troops currently serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
And, to see what soldiers face, you may want to checkout:
Baghdad burning: Girl blog from Iraq by Riverbend
The blog of war: Front-line dispatches from soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan by Matthew Currier Burden
The forever war by Dexter Filkins
While they’re at war: The true story of American families on the homefront by Kristin Henderson
One final resource is the Veterans History Project, which “collects and preserves the remembrances of American war veterans and civilian workers who supported them. These collections of first-hand accounts are archived in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for use by researchers and to serve as an inspiration for generations to come.”
Regardless of whether you live in a red state or a blue state, are happy or not with the results of the election, believe or not in the efforts of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, please take a moment and say thank you to our service members.