How 6 Small Towns Honor Veterans
Inspiring: Throughout the year, these small towns honor all United States veterans in unique ways, from "Boots for Our Troops" drives to mile-long parades.
By Reader's Digest Editors
Courtesy Jody Denton
How Tuscon, AZ Honors Veterans
In early 2008, two Vietnam veterans in Tuscon, Arizona were reminiscing about returning home from war and feeling unwelcome. They were inspired to start “Boots for Our Troops,” a program where retail outlets sell paper boot-shaped cutouts to raise money to help returning veterans re-acclimate. By Veterans Day of 2008, the organization raised $25,000.
Courtesy Ashley Bauer
How Chillicothe, IL Honors Veterans
A Boy Scout from Troop 91 in Chillicothe, Illinois produced a documentary about veterans for his Eagle Scout Project, then held a luncheon for veterans so the community could express its gratitude.
Courtesy Aaron Wade
How Hemingford, NH Honors Veterans
With only a population of 800, an impressive number of flags can be found posted along Hemingford's two main streets every patriotic holiday. Each of the nearly 300 flags on what's become the "Avenue of Flags" was once draped over the casket of a local veteran.
Courtesy Darlene Leist
How Coleman, MI Honors Veterans
Through donations from local businesses and citizens, Coleman, Michigan has been able to complete the first phase of its veterans’ memorial. Its next phase adds two statues: one of a modern day female soldier and another of a World War I doughboy.
Courtesy Sandy Carlson
How Parker, SD Honors Veterans
Parker, South Dakota residents were awestruck when they first saw a Christmas tree the local VFW Ladies Auxiliary fashioned with pictures of town veterans. The tree was soon moved to a grocery store for more townspeople to admire.
Courtesy Dana Hinman
How Auburn, WA Honors Veterans
Auburn, Washington’s Veterans Day Parade and Observance, now in its 46th year, has become the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi. Thousands of veterans and their families line Main Street for the mile-long parade.
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