Retiring State Rep. Steve Andersson offers the following commentary on Veterans Day:
November 11th is the official day to celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
It has been a federal holiday since 1926, however because November 11th falls on the weekend, the holiday is being observed on November 12th this year.
Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace — dead or alive.
But there’s more.
Most people don’t know that the entire month of November is also designated as National Veterans and Military Families month.
Military families, too, have a special duty to kin and country.
The wives and husbands and children of our military take care of the home front while their service person is often deployed.
From settling children in new schools to helping their service member’s parents navigate care when their loved one is far from home – military families do what needs to be done and never stop giving.
We need to continue to give thanks, recognition and support to our veterans and military families year round – but especially on Veterans Day and during National Veterans and Military Families Month.
Here are some ways that you can thank a Veteran on Veterans Day (and every day!)
- Fly an American flag outside your home.
- Participate in a Veterans Day parade.
- Personally thank a Veteran for their service!
- Attend an official Veterans Day ceremony.
- Send a care package to a military service member at home or overseas.
I am very proud to recognize all the veterans and their families and their commitment to the Armed Forces, both in Legislative District 65, as well as throughout the entire State of Illinois.
I want to extend my heartfelt “thank you” and my sincere appreciation for your service to our country!