Veterans Day is a time to thank both current and former members of the military for their sacrifices.
And, it is a time to think ahead to remember members of the military serving during the upcoming holidays.
Sen. Deb Fischer will participate in Veterans Day commemorations today. She got a chance to celebrate with veterans a bit early when she welcomed more than 130 Korean War veterans from Nebraska to Washington last week.
“These visits are always a highlight for me. It’s a special time when I get to express the deep gratitude and the great respect that we all have for our service men and women, who have fought to keep our country safe, protect Americans and defend the values and ideas that we hold dear,” Fischer says.
Fischer is one of the speakers at the Veterans Day Service at Memorial Park in Omaha organized by American Legion Post One. Gov. Dave Heineman, Congressman Lee Terry and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert also will speak.
Sen. Mike Johanns says today is a day to be thankful for the sacrifices of our veterans and to commemorate their service.
“Throughout history and even today, our military men and women volunteer to leave the comfort and safety of their homes and families to protect our American way of life,” Johanns says. “It’s because of them that we are free.”
Johanns says Veterans Day is special and should be treated as such.
“So, I just ask everybody to join me in thanking our current and former military personnel for their commitment to our country,” Johanns says.
Johanns encourages Nebraskans to show their gratitude to current service men and women by participating in the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program.
Cards can be dropped off at Congressional offices postage-free until Monday, December 2nd.
To ensure cards reach their destination, the Red Cross issues the following guidelines:
· Ensure all cards are signed.
· Use generic salutations such as “To American Hero.” Cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.
· Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.
· Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
· Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
· Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.
· If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own
envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.
All holiday greetings should be dropped off at Congressional offices or addressed and sent to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
The deadline for having cards to the P.O. Box is Friday, December 6, 2013.