This is the destroyer U.S.S. McGowan. My Papa served on this ship during the Korean War. Gave up a football scholarship to Clemson to serve his country. Married my Nana in a civil ceremony just before he left. She paid for the license, and she never let him forget it.
1) The British filled the moat of the Tower of London with 888,246 ceramic poppies to honor the soldiers they lost during WWI. It’s spectacular.
2) This article explains the difference between Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day, and why we shouldn’t confuse them.
3) The CEO of Starbucks wants America to remember that Veterans’ Day is not just a weekend sale. He’s also encouraging more companies to get into the business of hiring veterans. Given the high unemployment rate for recent veterans, and the growing number of vets who need jobs, let’s hope people are listening.
4) Lastly, I’m going to plug for a few of my favorite veterans’ charities. Thanking a veteran for his/her service means more than a handshake, it means picking up the slack for those who came home.
Fisher House provides no cost housing to military families while a loved one is receiving medical treatment far from home, you can donate cash or frequent flier miles. IAVA fights for the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan by lobbying our government to care for the unique needs these vets face. Wounded Warrior Project takes care of vets who suffer from physical and emotional trauma with counseling, community and family support, and transitioning back to school and work.
If money isn’t something you can give, I encourage you to find another way to donate your time. One way that my former co-workers give back is by greeting arriving Honor Flights at Reagan and Dulles. There are events almost every week. You can get a gate pass from D.C. honor flight and show your support for veterans visiting D.C..