Honoring our service men and women

Published 7:00 am Friday, May 23, 2014

Military service members make great sacrifices daily in order to defend our country and it’s citizens. Many of them pay the ultimate price for their service — to which we are forever indebted.

It may be easy to take these men and women for granted, especially by those without close family or friends who serve; but, in light of Memorial Day this Monday, it’s important for all Americans to recognize the efforts of both active and veteran service members.

There are many simple ways to honor those who risk their lives for us. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or time-consuming, but, at the very least, should show our appreciation for their service. Here are a few suggestions:

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• Help a neighbor who’s on active duty. Active duty service members can be away from their families for long periods of time, and their absence can make things difficult for their families. Neighbors can show their appreciation by helping with household chore or errands.

• Support the Wounded Warrior Project. Many service members sustain physical injuries while deployed. The Wounded Warrior Project works to raise awareness and enlist the public’s help to address the needs of injured service members.

• Write a letter of appreciation. One of the simplest ways to show your support for service members and veterans is to write to them expressing your thanks. If you don’t know any members of the military, partner with A Million Thanks to send encouragement to U.S. military, year-round.

• Exercise your right to vote. Military members routinely put their lives on the line so Americans can enjoy freedoms, such as voting, which aren’t available to many people across the globe.

As Americans, it’s important for us to make a point out voting every Election Day and focus on teaching our children, not only about that responsibility, but to take an interest their government so that we can invest in a better future.