I have immense respect for veterans because I’ve had many family members who’ve served and still serve in the military till this day. In particular, I remember my grandfather sharing stories with me when I was younger about his days as a private, and so whenever Veteran’s Day comes around, I can’t help but feel that same compassion toward other veterans and want to show them my support. Regardless of what we feel politically or emotionally toward war, it’s important to keep in mind that Veteran’s Day supports actual people who’ve risked their lives to protect ours and the betterment for future generations. Here, at Cliché, we’re sharing some of the ways in which we will be showing our support this Veteran’s Day.
Walmart’s Greenlight A Veteran:
We can show our support this Veteran’s Day by shining a green light for our veterans, or as Walmart calls it: “Greenlight A Veteran.” This recently launched campaign is to show veterans that we do recognize and see them; it will indicate a visible and active support, as sometimes veterans may feel that they go unnoticed or unacknowledged as they are no longer in uniform and therefore blend in with the rest of society. Whether in uniform or not, let’s show veterans that we do in fact see them by shining that green light for them; after all, it costs as little as $5.98-$12.48.
Restaurants Offering Free Meals to Veterans:
If you happen to have a loved one who has served in the military or is still serving, take them out to a treat! This would be a great way of celebrating their day as well as reinforcing the “Greenlight A Veteran” campaign. Though participation may vary upon location, many restaurants, such as O’Charley’s Restaurants, Golden Corral, Red Robin, Outback Steakhouse, On The Border and Bonefish Grill, are participating in this act, but keep in mind that some restaurants may require a form of military ID. For instance, Bonefish Grill will be providing their complimentary signature dish to those who show a valid military ID, and non-military customers can benefit from eating out on Wednesday as well with the “Bang Wednesday” deal, which discounts their shrimp to $6.00.
Veteran’s Day Parade in NYC:
Come out and join America’s Parade starting at Fifth Avenue from 26th to 52nd Street where there will be an opening ceremony at 10 A.M., a wreath laying ceremony at 11 A.M., which presents the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, and a parade that starts at 11:25 A.M. Viewers are encouraged to gather and show support, and as for elderly and disabled veterans, they will be provided seating for the occasion. There will also be bleacher seating for viewers with priority seating to the veterans. This is a great opportunity to spend the day with loved ones and show others your willingness to take time out of your day and honor our troops.
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Veteran’s Day 2015: Photos Courtesy of Walmart, America’s Parade, & JulesFood