November is a Special Time to Honor & Recognize Our Veterans

 

troops_5x5_whitecaneBy: Paula Green

It was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when an armistice was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I.  The following year, it was commemorated as Armistice Day, and it became a federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American Veterans of all wars.

Veterans Day is commemorated annually on Nov. 11.  Locally, a few school districts have special events slated to honor Veterans.  The North Hills School District in sponsoring a special education day on Nov. 4 at North Hills Middle School.  The seventh students are hosting a roundtable discussion with local military servicemen and women.  Students will interview Veterans and hear first-hand accounts about their experiences, and how they have dutifully served our country.

The Hampton Township School District will hold their annual Hampton Heroes program at 9:00 a.m., Nov. 14 at Hampton Middle School auditorium.  Since 2001, local Veterans have been honored by the district.  About 200 Hampton men and women have been inducted as Hampton Heroes and recognized at the Veterans Day program.

The Woodlands Foundation located in Wexford recently partnered with the Professional Golfers’ Association of America’s HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere).  This organization utilizes golf as a therapeutic rehabilitation tool for military Veterans.  The PGA HOPE held sessions in August and September at the Woodlands.  The event included thirteen veterans representing the Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan Wars.  To learn more, visit www.mywoodlands.org.

VA Butler Healthcare recognized the accomplishments of Veterans who are blind or visually impaired.  White Cane Safety Day is held annually in the United States on Oct. 15. It reminds people about how the white cane is an important tool in helping the blind and the visually impaired live with greater independence.  VA Butler Healthcare offers a Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) program for Veterans who have vision loss.  For more information, call (724) 285-2736 or www.butler.va.gov/services/Visual_Impairment_Services.asp.

VA Butler Healthcare also held their annual Healthy Living Recognition event on Oct. 28.  During this special commemoration, Veterans were acknowledged for their success they made towards healthy living choices which results in positive outcomes (improved cholesterol, blood sugar control, weight loss cessation etc…)  For more information on this program, call (724) 285-4000 or email Kenneth.Kalberer@va.gov.

      Northern Connection magazine wishes all servicemen and woman a happy and healthy Veterans Day!