USA Today has an awesome article about ways we can all thank a veteran:
How to support our troops and vets this Veterans Day 2010
American Women Veterans had an essay contest open to service women returning from deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan this past year. The winning veteran, a Navy Lt. Commander, was flown to NYC to walk in today's NY Veteran's Day Parade (televised this year). You can read her insightful, winning essay HERE.
"It is, in a way, an odd thing to honor those who died in defense of our country, in defense of us, in wars far away. The imagination plays a trick. We see these soldiers in our mind as old and wise. We see them as something like the Founding Fathers, grave and gray haired. But most of them were boys when they died, and they gave up two lives—the one they were living and the one they would have lived. When they died, they gave up their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers. They gave up their chance to be revered old men. They gave up everything for our country, for us. And all we can do is remember..." ~President Ronald Reagan, Army Air Corps Veteran, November 11, 1985
And for all you veterans...there are TONS are freebies out there for you today (here's the listing of a few).