Centennial, CO, November 11, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- The war to end all wars came to an end on 11 November 1918. It was called Armistice Day for the next 30 plus years until a Kansas shoe storeowner named Al King had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who served in World War I. By act of congress, November 11th has been Veterans Day ever since.
Every American owes a debt to those who serve their country. It is a debt that cannot be repaid by waving a flag or slapping a magnetic sticker on their car. Those men and women who took time out of their lives to protect and defend the constitution of the United States deserve more. Today is a good day to recognize that obligation and resolve to do something to even the score.
Maybe, for you, writing a check makes things simple. So many excellent programs could really use your help. Fisher House, the Wounded Warrior Project, and Operation Homefront are just three of many. You can find out more about them on the internet.
If you operate a business, think about what your company can do to demonstrate your appreciation to the men and women of the armed forces. Any special consideration you give would earn you the respect of all who have served. It is the right thing to do and now is the time to do it.
For most Americans the most rewarding contribution is a donation of time. Make yourself a promise to visit a veteran’s hospital for a few hours on your day off. You will come away richer for the experience. Or call any of the non‐profit military support organizations and ask how you can volunteer. There are hundreds of worthy causes to choose from. Email the address at the end of this article if you would like a list.
Make this Veterans Day a special one. Honor America’s veterans with more than just words. Get involved. Our entire country will be better off when you do.
Lieutenant Colonel Kevin T. K. Sullivan (retired) served 20 years with the United States Army. He is the founder and president of Leading Points Corporation, a company that assists businesses in marketing to military personnel and in the design of Military Appreciation Programs. Write him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information and press inquiries, please contact Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Sullivan at 303.975.6731.