Fredericksburg Parent

November 2019

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30 Fredericksburg Parent and Family • November 2019 ages & stages 11 Ways Families Can WRITTEN BY CHRISTA MELNYK HINES During this month of Thanksgiving, don't forget our military service members. Many organizations and veter- ans' groups offer ways to help support and show grati- tude to members of the armed forces. Help a veteran, a deployed service member, and/or military families know that you appreciate their sacrifices. Here's how: VETERAN Salute Help an Expectant Military Mom Nothing relieves a soldier's worries than knowing his family is supported back home. Soldiers' Angels Baby Brigade (formerly Operation Top Knot), an organiza- tion started by college student Audri Cid in 2003, is a nationwide network of individuals who sew, knit and create gift baskets to sup- port new and expectant mothers whose husbands are deployed. To donate baby blankets, diapers, bottles, clothing and other items, visit Write a Letter Remind veterans and their families that you're thinking about them and appreciate their commitment to our nation. Write a letter to a deployed soldier, a wounded warrior, or a veteran who has served in past wars through or Support Their Furry Friends Raise money to go toward fostering pets of active duty service members, wounded warriors and homeless veterans. Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet is a non- profit organization that finds qualified foster families to care for pets while soldiers are deployed or when military families transfer overseas. The foster families also care for pets whose warriors have died. Visit Contribute to Paralyzed Veterans of America This organization supports veterans who suffer from spinal cord injuries. Participate in one of the organiza- tion's sporting events or fundraisers, make a monetary donation, or collect and donate bags of clothing, shoes, belts, hats, books, CDs, and small household goods. For more information, visit Veterans Day Quiz 1. Veterans Day originated after which of the following wars? A. WWII B. The Revolutionary War C. WWI 2. What year did Veterans Day become a national holiday? A. 1919 B. 1938 C. 1945 3. Which U.S. president changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day? A. Dwight D. Eisenhower B. John F. Kennedy C. Franklin D. Roosevelt a 1. Answer (C): Veterans Day originated as "Armistice Day" on November 11, 1919, to mark the one-year anniversary of Germany signing the Armistice to for- mally end WWI. 2. Answer (B): Veterans Day became a national holi- day in 1938. 3. Answer (A): In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation to change the name of the holiday to Veterans Day, to honor all those who have served in American wars. 1 2 3 4

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