November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States (Remembrance Day in Canada), a day we remember and honor all those who have served in the military. Veterans Day began in 1919 as “Armistice Day,” which marked the signing of the agreement between Germany and the Allies to end World War I.
If there’s a Veteran in your life, here are a few ways to honor them today…
Visit a church or sacred shrine together
What better way to mark the day than to attend Mass together or spend time in prayer at a historic church or shrine in your area. Light a candle or say a special prayer for those who have sacrificed so much for their country. Check out a long list of Catholic shrines across the nation here.
Enjoy a coffee or meal out together
Many chains offer free meals and drinks to veterans today, including Starbucks, Dunkin’, Applebee’s, and Olive Garden. So enjoy a little time out together and save.
Share with them the new lifetime pass to the National Parks!
Just this week, the federal government announced a new life-time pass for all veterans and Gold Star families to enjoy over 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, and forests across the country. From the press release:
“We have a sacred obligation to America’s veterans. This new lifetime pass is a small demonstration of our nation’s gratitude and support for those who have selflessly served in the U.S. Armed Forces,” said Secretary of the InteriorDeb Haaland, whose father served during the Vietnam War.