Patriotic Things to Do on Veteran’s Day – Movies, Blogs, Projects and More | SARC

By Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, Nov. 9, 2017

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.”

George S. Patton

Veterans Day is a time to pay tribute to those who have served and those who are currently serving whether active duty, National Guard, or Reserve.

Veterans Day is a time of remembrance and gratitude, but also a time to celebrate as Americans.

The American tradition of barbecues, military-themed gatherings, and special events is definitely what helps us feel connected to those that have served – helping those that have served to feel connected to the country.

SARC has put together a list of things you can do this Veteran’s Day that will help bring you closer to Veterans and the spirit of America.

If you have a favorite film, personal story or something to add that we missed – please send us an email or comment below! We’d love to hear from you!


MOVIES

The Great Escape

Director: John Sturges
Starring: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough

Platoon

Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe

Top Gun

Director: Tony Scott
Starring: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer


The Great Escape

Director: John Sturges
Starring: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough


Platoon

Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe


Top Gun

Director: Tony Scott
Starring: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer


Iron Eagle

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Starring: Louis Gossett Jr., Jason Gedrick, David Suchet


The Great Escape

Director: John Sturges
Starring: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough


Platoon

Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe


Top Gun

Director: Tony Scott
Starring: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer


Iron Eagle

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Starring: Louis Gossett Jr., Jason Gedrick, David Suchet


Stalag 17

Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger


Black Hawk Down

Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore


A Few Good Men

Director: Rob Reiner
Starring: Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, Kevin Pollak


PROJECTS

Write a Letter to a Veteran via https://www.operationgratitude.com/

Read Books About Soldiers’ Experiences via https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125128156

Interview a Veterans via https://www.loc.gov/vets/kit.html

Create and Send Paracord Survival Bracelets via https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks-virtual/paracord-bracelets-virtual/


Take a Virtual Trip to a Military Museum or Memorial via –
The National WWI Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri:
 The museum offers a number of online exhibitions on topics including volunteerism during World War I, the end of WWI in 1918, and more.National Museum of the U.S. Navy, Washington, D.C.: Your students can view artifactsdigital exhibits, and photography related to various wars. In addition, the museum offers high school lesson plans on Pearl Harbor.Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex, New York, New York: The complex offers virtual tours and talks as well as videos on its YouTube channeloral history interviews with those who served on board the famous aircraft carrier, a searchable database of the Museum’s collection of items, and more.The National WWII Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana: View exhibits including “Road to Tokyo” and “Road to Berlin,” which contain historical photographs and information. The museum also offers distance learning opportunities and resources for students and teachers.Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington D.C.: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund offers a virtual tour of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, which is available online or via the VVMF’s Mobile Tour app.


EVENTS

Veterans Day Parade – Thu, Nov 11, 8 AM Congress Avenue Bridge
Congress Ave, Austin, TX

Cookies for Cops – Thus, Nov 11, 1pm 715 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

Veterans Day Parade – Sat, Nov 13, 12 – 6 PM Kyle, TX

The 5th Annual Veterans Day 5K – Sat, Nov 13, 7 AM – 12 PM Fritz Park
400 Park Ave, Hutto, TX

VETERANS DAY EVENT – Thu, Nov 11, 7 AM – 5 PM The American Legion George Johns Post 447 1000 N Georgetown St, Round Rock, TX

Heroes & Hot Rods Veteran’s Day Car Show – Fri, Nov 12, 4 – 10 PM Downtown Bastrop 904 Main St, Bastrop, TX

Veteran’s Day Bus Tour (2nd Annual) – Thu, Nov 11, 11 AM – 6 PM Lazydaze Pflugerville 1202 Farm to Market 685 Suite A5, Pflugerville, TX

Veterans Day Ceremony – Thu, Nov 11, 4 PM 1011 S Bagdad Rd, Leander, TX

2021 Veteran’s Day Dinner and Dance – Thu, Nov 11, 5 – 8 PM Dripping Springs Distilling 5330 Bell Springs Rd, Dripping Springs, TX

Vets Day Classic Car Show and Cruise In – Fri, Nov 12 – Sat, Nov 13 1107 Pine St, Bastrop, TX

Veterans Day Luncheon – Thu, Nov 11, 5:30 – 7:00 AM First Lockhart Baptist Church Connection Center 200 S Blanco St, Lockhart, TX


YOUTUBE VIDEOS








BLOGS

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/

https://blog.theveteranssite.greatergood.com/

https://cv4a.org/the-overwatch/

https://veteransmatter.org/blog/

https://veteranstoday.blog.gov.uk/

https://www.vfw.org/

https://attorneysforfreedom.com/news/

https://vaclaimsinsider.com/blog/

VNR

http://vftla.org/blog

http://combatfaith.blogspot.com/

https://transitioningveteran.com/wordpress/blog/


Veteran’s Day Quote to Share

Happy Veteran’s Day! “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.” – George S. Patton


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On this faithful day in September 19 years ago, I was in middle school. I had just entered art class. The teacher, Mr. Slaughterback, came rushing into the room mid-morning wheeling in a television. He quickly plugged it in and turned it on, turning to the class asking us to quiet down and to pay attention to the TV.

8:46 am EST • Within moments we could tell something wasn’t right as the news commentator described the plane that had previously hit. Mohammed Atta and the other hijackers aboard American Airlines Flight 11 crash the plane into floors 93-99 of the North Tower of the World Trade Center, killing everyone on board and hundreds inside the building.

Within 5 minutes, a moment transpired that changed the world for everyone; the second plane appeared against the crisp blue New York City sky…

9:03 am EST • Hijackers crash United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 75-85 of the WTC’s South Tower, killing everyone on board and hundreds inside the building

“The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.”

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9:37 am • Hijackers aboard Flight 77 crash the plane into the western façade of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., killing 59 aboard the plane and 125 military and civilian personnel inside the building.

“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.”

George W. Bush

11 am • Mayor Rudolph Giuliani calls for the evacuation of Lower Manhattan south of Canal Street, including more than 1 million residents, workers and tourists, as efforts continue throughout the afternoon to search for survivors at the WTC site.

6:58 pm • President Bush returns to the White House after stops at military bases in Louisiana and Nebraska.

8:30 pm • President Bush addresses the nation, calling the attacks “evil, despicable acts of terror” and declaring that America, its friends and allies would “stand together to win the war against terrorism.”

The terrible events of that day will live in our hearts and minds forever. The men and women that fought that day to protect the citizens will never be forgotten. The brave service members that died serving their fellow Americans will be forever engraved in our hearts and in stone in New York City’s memorial to the fallen.

The American spirit is what keeps us unified against the evils in this world. And, the American spirit grew bright in the aftermath of 9/11. We came together as Americans and became stronger and more focused than ever before. We reignited the patriotic fire. And, above all – we did not (and won’t ever) allow an event like September 11th define who we are. Instead, we rise up, rise above, and continue to be the unified people of the great United States of America.

“The lesson of 9/11 is that America is truly exceptional. We withstood the worst attack of our history, intended by our enemies to destroy us. Instead, it drew us closer and made us more united. Our love for freedom and one another has given us a strength that surprised even ourselves.”

Rudy Giuliani

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“Labor Day is seen as a day of rest for many hardworking Americans.”

James P. Hoffa

You have your burgers and hotdogs ready for grilling. Maybe, you have your favorite beer or chilled beverage in your hand to celebrate the hard work of dedicated Americans across the nation.

Labor Day is one of the most patriotic holidays that have grown out of the activities of the America people.

The Labor Day holiday evolved out of the activities of the developing labor movement at the end of the 19th century.  Labor supporters had developed a tradition of holding parades, picnics and other events to rally strikers or to show support for specific labor issues.  In New York, the Central Labor Union was a group made up of members from many labor unions.  Early in 1882, the Central Labor Union decided to hold a parade and picnic as festival in support of labor sometime in September.  By August, a union committee had selected the park and the date – Tuesday, September 5 1882 –for the celebration and the union passed a resolution “that the 5th of September be proclaimed a general holiday for the workingmen in this city.”  The celebration was a huge success and it was resolved to continue the celebration annually. By 1884, the union had selected the first Monday in September as the official holiday and were urging unions in other cities to celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date.

Labor Day is patriotic because this is when America celebrates the citizens that work to keep this great county moving. We celebrate the Americans that have endless energy and strife to make this country the best it can be. You are the hard working citizens that keep the great American machine moving forward. Today, on this 138th Labor Day we solute you and all the hard work you put in day in and day out.

Until next year, enjoy the grill and chilled beverage. And, know you are appreciated by all Americans.

“A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.”

Grover Cleveland