Honoring Our Veterans

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By Erika Weisensee, Oregon Writer

My family has a long line of veterans.  We are so proud of them—our heroes. They include my step dad, a Vietnam veteran, and a brother-in-law, who served in Iraq.  My grandfather was a proud WWII veteran, and my husband’s grandfather lost his life in that war, like so many other men of his generation. Veterans Day—Thursday, November 11th— is a day for thanking and honoring our military veterans.

Here are some ways to honor veterans:

– Attend a service in your community.

– Write a letter, send a card, or make a phone call to veterans you know and thank them for their service. Better yet, if you see them in person, give them a big hug!

– Talk to your children or grandchildren about the meaning of Veterans Day.

– Fly the flag in honor of Veterans Day.

– If you have veterans in your family who are willing to share their stories, record them for future generations.

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Erika Weisensee is native Oregonian, a writer and a mom. She teaches journalism and communication classes at the University of Portland.