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.
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.
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. Supporting veterans is not only simple, but powerful.
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.