Veterans Day: Just a day? Let’s make it a month.

Everybody knows Veterans Day is November 11. But did you know that on November 1, 2017, President Donald J. Trump proclaimed the entire month of November to be National Veterans and Military Families Month? Let’s take a closer look at why this proclamation is so important. 

The proclamation reads, in part, “During National Veterans and Military Families Month, we honor the significant contributions made by American service members, their families, and their loved ones. We set aside this month surrounding Veterans Day to hold observances around the country to honor and thank those whose service and sacrifice represent the very best of America. We renew our Nation's commitment to support veterans and military families. They deserve it.

Our veterans are our heroes. Our Armed Forces have preserved the security and freedom that allow us to flourish as a Nation. They have braved bitter winters, treacherous jungles, barren deserts, and stormy waters to defend our Nation. They have left their families to face danger and uncertainty, and they have endured the wounds of war, all to protect our Nation's interests and ideals established during the Founding.”

The proclamation goes on to speak of the many hardships military families also endure, from being separated from loved ones to frequently being relocated to military children living a lonely, nomadic life. To help draw attention to these hardships – and to celebrate these brave men, women, and children – November is now full of observances, events, and more. You can see the entire calendar on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. Here are some highlights:

  • 3rd Annual Philadelphia Veterans Parade and Festival – Philadelphia, PA
  • Live Veterans Month Twitter® Chat with the Department of Labor, Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Senate Veterans Appreciation Reception – Washington, D.C.
  • White House Veterans Breakfast – Washington, D.C.
  • Arlington National Cemetery Veterans Day Ceremony
  • Veteran Legal Clinic Week of Service – Pro Bono Legal Assistance for Veterans at local VA Medical Centers
  • Preventing Suicide is Everyone's Business Initiative
  • Spend an Hour with a Veteran
  • Homeless Veteran Initiatives

Since the first Armistice Day nearly 100 years ago, we’ve honored our veterans. Now it’s time to honor everybody who sacrifices to help defend our way of life.

We here at Shop-Vac Corporation, salute you. Thank you!

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