AskPatty Honors our Veterans with Thanks and Gratitude
It’s Veterans Day in the United States, Remembrance Day in Canada and British Commonwealth Nations, and Armistice Day in other parts of the world; today is the day we show our gratitude to those men and women who have served our countries in defense of our rights and safety.
The holiday is celebrated each year on November 11 to mark the anniversary of the ending of World War I. It was in the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, that major hostilities of World War I were formally ended and the Armistice with Germany went into effect.
As part of the holiday which honors veterans both dead and alive, many businesses celebrate Veterans Day with special offers. For instance, California Pizza Kitchen is serving free pizzas on November 11 to Veterans in uniform or with military ID.
And, in case you didn’t know it, most automotive manufacturers offer special discounts to Veterans any time they purchase a new car (not just on Veterans Day). Rules and eligibility may vary by make and manufacturer, but most of these military programs are available to active duty military members and Reserves of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard, and Coast Guard, and includes their spouses. Some offers are even available for retired or honorably discharged members.
The following manufacturers offer some form of military incentives: Ford (and Lincoln), Hyundai / Kia, Chrysler (Dodge, Jeep, and Ram), and Toyota (and Scion). Military incentives are also available from Audi; Honda (and Acura), Nissan (and Infiniti); and Volvo. General Motors (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC) offers a special Military Purchase Program (MPP) with an assortment of discounts and incentives on most of their models. Other manufacturers may offer discounts at the dealer level, so if you’re negotiating a new car, be sure to ask your salesperson if you might be entitled to any additional discounts based on your military service history.
For the truly patriotic, each year The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries.
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs is encouraging everybody to honor Veterans with thanks and gratitude using the hashtag #HonoringVets, so be sure to share your own tweet or facebook post today!