Attend a Ceremony: This year, the Veterans Day 11-11-11 Celebration will take place at the Nevada State Veterans Home instead of the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Hosted by the 777th Highlanders Post of the Scottish American Military Society, the hour-long ceremony kicks off at 1:30 p.m. and will include a presentation of colors, awards, speeches and, if the kids are lucky, kilt-wearing bagpipers. Afterward, families are welcome to take their children into the facility for a look-see and another chance to shake a Vets hand and say “Thank you for your service.” 100 Veterans Memorial Drive. 332-6741 for more information.
Create History: Take a tape recorder, a camera and add some personal insights from a living veteran. What do you get? History. The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project is on a mission to “collect, preserve and make accessible personal accounts of American war veterans.” What better way to celebrate Veterans Day than to gather your family to interview a relative, friend or neighbor about their military experiences and then submit their story. For more information, log onto http://www.loc.gov/vets/vets-home.html
Pay Your Respects: A visit to the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery needn’t be a somber experience. Located off of Buchanan Blvd. by the Boulder City Airport, the winding roads and well-kept landscape provide a peaceful resting place for thousands of our veterans. The gravestones show name, rank, branch and war service. Even if you have no one to “visit,” the simple act of parking the car and walking the grounds offers a chance for reflecting on the day’s true meaning.