Today is Veterans Day in the United States, a holiday to remember the men and women in uniform past and present. The American armed forces keep our country safe and deserve respect everyday, but Veterans Day allows us to honor their service and reminds everyone of the important role of the military in our country.
There will be many Veterans Day events around the country, honoring veterans for their sacrifice. One of the biggest parades will be in New York City, the annual parade known as “America’s Parade” will be marching up Fifth Avenue. This year’s parade will commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and honor veterans of the Global War on Terrorism. Last year’s parade featured the Navy, the 2016 featured service is the U.S. Coast Guard. There will also be a special commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the first Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm.
Around the country there will be opportunities to show our gratitude to all the branches of the armed forces with parades, special events, and family barbecues.
We should not forget to take time to thank veterans and active military for their service many put their lives on the line for our freedom and democracy.