Honoring the Military

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Metro Creative Connection

The United States Armed Forces is renowned for its size and strength. Various sources suggest the size of the United States military is somewhere between 1.4 and 1.6 million active service people. The military is comprised of the Army, Army National Guard, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Each of these military branches also has its own reserves.

There are many ways to honor active, reserve and former veterans, as well as those who died in service of their country.

  • Help Veterans of Foreign Wars distribute red poppies as a visual reminder of the military’s efforts.
  • Volunteer at a veterans’ hospital or visit a wounded veteran at home.
  • Offer financial, legal or career expertise through the Corporation for National & Community Service (serve.gov).
  • Help to maintain the veteran area of a nearby cemetery. Place flags on all of the graves.
  • Befriend military families who frequently relocate, making a concerted effort to welcome them into your community.
  • Educate children about past wars and the services the military provides.
  • Visit a military museum or historic site.
  • Observe the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time for one minute.
  • Post a message to the troops at the USO website (uso.org).