Everyone is talking about it being 11-11-11 today. The Immortals movie has been using it as selling point since summer. It’s my nephew Cody’s golden birthday, he’s 11 today. And it’s TGIF, which makes it a day to celebrate just because the weekend is starting. But the most important thing about 11-11-11 is that it is Veteran’s Day.
I’m sure we all know a veteran. My dad was in both the Army and the Navy. He fought in Korea, but he would never talk about it. I was in high school when a lot of my friends went off to Vietnam. I even tried to enlist in the Army after high school, but I wasn’t old enough and my mom wouldn’t sign the papers. I remember being so mad at her that I moved to California. Of course, I was home after 3 months because I was so homesick, so I guess mom’s do know best.
But, I think today should be all about the veterans and our military families. There are a lot of authors who sponsor special things for the troops including sending books. Every year our church sends boxes of goodies to the troops. There are Veteran Day parades and when I was in school we used to have to stand at 11:00 a.m. and face the flag for a moment of silence for our veterans.
I received an email from Coupon Sherpa this week listing 35 Freebies for the military today. They include free meals from Denny’s, Subway, Applebees, Chili’s and Famous Dave’s. There’s a free donut from Krispy Kreme and discounts at Home Depot, Lowes and Macy’s. Free admission to attractions and parks and lots more.
I know this is a very small token of our appreciation for their sacrifices, but I hope they get a chance to go out and enjoy some of the offerings.
Please take this opportunity to thank someone you know or add a tribute to someone. Who would you like to thank or acknowledge? You can also list any charity that offers support to the troops.
Bottom Line: “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” -Maya Angelou