Veterans Day is a holiday that is near and dear to my heart because my Dad is an army veteran! He spent three years away from our family, serving in two different wars, and he is a hero, at least to me! He was one of the lucky war heroes because he made it home three times!
This holiday is stuck right in the middle of our traditional big three; Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, so it is often overlooked! It has an interesting history that most of us don’t truly know!
Artwork by Elonzo Coleman (Done for Veterans Day 2012)
My Dad - 1977
My Dad, Lt. Col. Herbert M. Smith, Jr. pictured in 1977
My Dad - 2012 (at age 83)
My Dad, Retired Lt. Col. Herbert M. Smith, Jr. pictured on Nov. 7, 2012 wearing his Army uniform for a Veterans Day event at his church. Sadly, he passed away on Nov. 24, 2023 at the age of 94.
Veterans Day is a U.S. Federal Holiday, that is always celebrated on November 11th. If the Holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the previous Friday. If the Holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday.
The day is one to honor and appreciate all servicemen and service women who have served in the United States in ALL wars, but mainly the living veterans.
It is a day to celebrate America's veterans for their patriotism, love of America, and their willingness to serve and sacrifice for their Country!
Truckee usually has some type of event to honor our Veterans!
There are some amazing shots in this video!
Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in Arlington, Virginia
Photo Credit: My son, Ryan
Many restaurants want to thank veterans by giving discounts or a free meal, as a thanks for service to their country, which is awesome! You will need a military ID card and should call ahead to verify participation and times of service!
For all the details on the list of current Chain Restaurants that plan to honor veterans with a free meal, please check out The Military Wallet, blog post! (Great website for the military)
Many local restaurants will also honor veterans on this day, so be sure and call and check out your favorites!
A special thank you to my Dad for his dedicated military career, and willingness to defend and serve his country! A special thank you to all of our veterans and their families that stand behind them! Please reach out to them and include them in your family, include their kids as your own, and show them hospitality. They often move around so much and making friends is very difficult. Being friendly is such a small way to show your thanks, but it can be a huge blessing to you, and literally change their lives! Learn their stories and teach your kids to love our great country!