Many Americans say “Thank You for your service,” when meeting or noticing a Veteran. This weekend our country will observe Veterans Day, and it would be most appropriate for us to think about how we do, or could, express our gratitude to relatives, friends, neighbors and even strangers who are Veterans of the American Armed Forces.
The City of Cleveland will officially observe Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 10th with an 11 a.m. ceremony at City Hall followed by a 12:30 p.m. parade starting and ending at City Hall. Click here for more details.
What are some other options for people to recognize and express their gratitude to Veterans?
One way is to “Show Up” at the Cleveland Parade on November 10th. Another option is to Donate to Veterans organizations, e.g., Disabled American Veterans, Wounded Warrior Project, Purple Heart, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, and the USO, to name a few.
Some individuals may be available to volunteer their services on a regular basis at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center located at 10701 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. The Volunteer Office is 216-791-3800 Extension: 5081. Call the office if you wish to organize a “treat delivery” of desserts, pizza, or some other menu on occasion, or on a regular basis. Regular visits with Veterans can also be arranged.
Fairview Park has two American Legion Posts: 1.) Post 421 at 22001 Brookpark Road at 440-734-1020, and 2.) Post 738 at 19311 Lorain Road at 440-356-2110. Make an effort to visit one of the Legion Halls to see if you can join up with one of their local veteran support projects.
Last, but not least, Veterans might welcome a phone call, a greeting card, an invitation to breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and any other creative approach.
Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery is located at 10175 Rawiga Road in Seville, Ohio. Call 330-335-3069 if you wish to visit there, or explore the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration website for other possible opportunities.
These ideas are just a beginning. Be creative…be generous…Thank a Veteran somehow!