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Remember Veterans on Veterans Day with a Heartfelt Thank You

Say "thank you" again on Monday.

Say “thank you” again on Monday.

In the United States, we honor our armed forces veterans on November 11, the anniversary of the end of the First World War in 1918. In Britain, Canada and other Commonwealth countries, this day is also observed: They call it Remembrance Day.*

It falls in the early rush of the Holiday Season, so it can get crowded out by all of the shopping hullabaloo that started weeks ago. On the other hand, November is the month of giving thanks, so in some ways Veterans Day is placed perfectly on the calendar. Still, you won’t see your downtown shopping districts or the local mall festooned with red, white and blue bunting to celebrate veterans. There is no room in their stores or on their websites!

So, we all need to remember to make that room on the personal level.

It isn’t hard, either: In all our work with clients raising workplace productivity around the world, we have still never found a more engaging gesture between co-workers than the heartfelt “thank you, you did well” and “I appreciate what you did, and how you did it.”

So, go ahead. Extend those thanks to the veterans you have in your life this weekend, and all next week as you meet them at work or socially. Call the veterans you know well “out of the blue” to give them your best wishes.

We assure you, it will make their day. Commit to making it so!

Unlike Memorial Day, which is a somber occasion, Veterans Day is a celebration of all Veterans, especially those who are still living and working alongside us. Isn’t it great that we have this chance to thanks these great citizens in person! Make sure you do that in your workplace.

 

*The point of Remembrance Day is to emphasize that “never again should we blunder along such a path of destruction as happened in the early Twentieth Century.”

Other countries celebrate veterans at other times in the year. The old Soviet Republics, for instance, still celebrate their veterans on Victory Day, the anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe, May 9.

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