This year marks the 104th anniversary of the end of World War I, which ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, or November 11, the day that is now observed annually as Veterans Day to honor all who served in the US Armed Forces.
According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, there are just under 17 million living veterans in the United States, with over 1.4 million living in Texas (as of 11/30/2022). Veterans represent 6.2% of the adult population in the US, with over 49% over the age of 65.
Just as the number of people on active duty has dropped significantly over the last 50 years, so too have the number of veterans, which in my opinion makes it even more important to be grateful for their service.
Here are 3 things to remember...and try yourself:
1. A simple thank you goes a long way
I'll never forget all the times I walked with my dad while on military bases after he retired and he would continuously thank every person in uniform that we would pass by.
While not every veteran is as easily identifiable in the civilian world, when you are able to recognize someone who served, a simple "thank you for your service" goes a long way.
On behalf of Omega, thank you to all of the men & women who have served!
Thank you to all of the Omega team members past & present who have served!
And a special thank you to my Dad, not only for his 26 years of service, but for teaching me the value of gratitude to those who serve to protect our freedom!
2. Big or small, find a way to give back
Whether you participate in a race to support disabled vets, volunteer to place flags or lay wreaths at a veterans cemetery, make a donation to a veterans and military charity, like/follow military/veteran organizations on social media & help raise awareness by sharing posts, offer to buy a vet a coffee & ask to hear their story, get involved with support groups, adopt a soldier who is deployed, or find a Veterans Build near you to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for veterans.
Omega is proud to support the Fort Hood Area Habitat for Humanity's Veteran Build Initiative, click here to join us and make a donation online.
3. Show your support
Attend a Veterans Day parade or event in your area and be proud to fly the flag, just be sure to follow the rules! Learn the proper etiquette for handling and displaying the U.S. Flag.
Remember: Veterans Day is a time to thank those who are currently serving or have served, while Memorial Day (in May) is in remembrance of those who lost their lives while serving.
Military Appreciation Savings
To show our appreciation, Omega Builders offers special incentives to all active duty, reserve, veteran, and retired US military.
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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in November 2018 and has been updated to reflect the most accurate information.