November 11, 1918 marked the temporary cessation of hostilities, or an armistice, between Allied nations and Germany and the eventual end of World War I. In honor of that day, November 11 has become known as Veterans Day, a day to “honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.” 
Many OGR members, Golden Rule funeral homes, take time each November to honor the veterans in their community. We decided to share some of their stories.
George Irvin Green Funeral Home in Munhall, PA is participating in the “Greenlight a Vet” campaign, which is working to establish visible national support for veterans by changing one light to green. “The simple action of changing one light to green is intended to spark a national conversation regarding the recognition of veterans.” Green Funeral Home, we hope your lights are sparking a lot of conversation with community residents.
Host a Cookout
Beyers Funeral Home in Leesburg, FL hosted a free cookout for veterans and their families. The cookout took place last week as a thank you to all Central Florida vets for “their sacrifice and service to our country.”
Donate a Sweater
All this month, McDonald Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Picayune, MS is collecting “new and slightly used warm winter clothing to be given to the elderly and needy veterans.” Donations are being dropped off at their funeral home. [Read news article here.]
On the east coast, Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home in East Greenville, PA is participating in Sweaters for Soldiers. They’re collecting new or gently used sweaters & gloves to be donated and delivered to veterans that are in the Southeastern Veterans Center.
Similarly, Owens Livingston Mortuary in Show Low, AZ is collecting coats, sweaters, and gloves to be delivered to VA hospitals, VA homes, and Veteran Service Organizations. They’re proudly serving those who’ve proudly served.
Lay a Wreath
Twiford Funeral Home in Elizabeth City, NC will be sponsoring Wreaths Across America next month when they lay wreaths on 500+ graves of veterans that are buried in New Hollywood Cemetery. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Visit Wreaths Across America’s website and find out how.
By Jessica A. Smith,
Assistant Executive Director
Did we miss any? Comment below and let us know how you’re honoring veterans this month.
To all our veterans, past and present, thank you. Thank you for serving our country and protecting our freedom. We appreciate all you’ve done for us.