November 11th is right around the corner. Do you know what it’s all about? It’s Veterans Day all across the United States of America. Its purpose is quite similar to Memorial Day, and the two are often confused. Where Memorial Day is about remembering the fallen heroes of our freedom, Veterans Day is about honoring and thanking the members of the Armed Forces for their service. It can be a solemn time of remembrance, and harrowing tales of bravery, sacrifice, and courage under fire are sure to be told. Underneath it all, Veterans Day continues to be a celebration of the current and retired members of the Armed Forces that are still with us. Instead of just taking a relaxing day off this Veterans Day, why not show your appreciation? Get out with the family and celebrate. Here are a few ideas for you:
Attend the SW Missouri Veterans Day Parade
This year, the parade will be held in Downtown Springfield at 10 o’clock in the morning on Saturday, November 5th. Take note of the date, because it’s the weekend before Memorial Day. You’ll be able to applaud members of the different divisions of the military including those from local Fort Leonard Wood. It’s always a good time.
Visit the Air and Military Museum of the Ozarks
Located in Springfield, AMMO is open to the public on Tuesdays and Saturdays. You can view and experience the equipment and supplies wartime heroes used in real life, and hear stories of bravado on a tour. Veterans Day is on Friday, so call them up for an appointment before heading down.
Attend the Veteran’s Grove Tree Dedication
In Branson, there’s an annual tree dedication to honor members of the Armed Forces. This year, the tree dedication is on Thursday, November 10th at 11 o’clock. A sugar maple is planted for military members who have participated in the College of the Ozarks Patriotic Education Travel Program.
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield
The site of America’s second major Civil War battle is open to the public with free entry on November 11th. This historic site is a great attraction in Republic, Missouri and should not be overlooked!There are many other places to visit and things to do for Veterans Day. Be sure to take the family to honor our real-life American heroes. From all of us at Frank Leta Acura of Springfield, we’d like to thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice!