Veterans Day is a great time to remember, honor and salute the service of all our Veterans. It began as a recognition of those who had served in World War I, recalling the Armistice, the end of hostilities, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th Month in 1918. Then, in 1954, this annual observance and Federal holiday was renamed Veterans Day to include veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and beyond. While the occasion was intended to honor all our Veterans, here are some ways you can honor veterans in your hometown:
1. Attend a parade or get involved in a local observance. Many communities celebrate with Veterans organizations, Scouts, community groups and more. It’s great fun to see six-year-olds and grandpas in a parade, marching to the beat of a local school’s band.
2. Show your support by displaying the flag. While it takes just a few minutes, flags are a colorful and patriotic way to show you stand by our Veterans and the ideals they defended.
3. Say thanks. Just saying “thank you” to a veteran for their service can make the day a rewarding experience for both of you.
4. Share their stories. Many veterans welcome an opportunity to pass their experiences on to the next generation. If you have an older veteran in your family, take a few moments to record or write down their experiences for posterity.
Other great ways to honor our Veterans’ contributions can include collectible coins and coin tributes from The Bradford Exchange Mint. Here are just a few of our exclusive offerings, perfect as gifts or as meaningful, enduring, keepsakes for yourself.
5. The P-51 Eye Witnesses to History Coin Set honors the bold World War II airmen who soared to “fight, fly and win.” It unites a commemorative coin, a genuine historic artifact — a piece of a World War II P-51, and an eyewitness story, from triple ace aviator Col. Clarence “Bud” Anderson.
6. Our Veterans Coin Ring is an all-round way to remember and honor Veterans. This hand-crafted ring features a centerpiece crafted in 99.9% silver with a design inspired by the moving 1994 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Silver Dollar.
7. Veterans Day is also a great time to salute the upcoming 75th anniversary of D-Day. On June 6, 1944 American and Allied heroes undertook the greatest amphibious invasion of all time, leading to the end of the war. Not only does our exclusive 75th Anniversary of D-Day Proof Coin Collection honor their service and sacrifice, but each coin contains a portion of actual sand from Normandy beach.
8. Recall Veterans Day’s World War I roots with The Big Four WWI Centennial Coin Set. While the Armistice ended hostilities, the Treaty of Versailles, now marking its 100th anniversary, made peace official. This set unites a legal tender coin from each victorious Big Four Nation (U.S., U.K., Italy
9. Our final Veterans Day suggestion honors the ideals our Veterans fought for, with our WWII Walking Liberty Half Dollar Enhanced Edition Set. These genuine U.S. 90% silver coins — enhanced with 24k gold plating — are shining reminders of freedom that marched along with millions of Americans toward victory during the years of World War II.
These are just a few of the many ways to make Veterans day meaningful and memorable. Our list includes just a few of the collectible coin treasures available in exclusive presentations from The Bradford Exchange Mint. But please note that quantities are very limited, so don’t wait!
We hope you have enjoyed this post, and that you will share it with friends and family to make this year’s Veterans Day truly a day to remember. Thanks for reading!
Very sincerely yours,
Walter J. Kole
The Bradford Exchange Mint