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Honoring Our Soldiers

Honoring Our Soldiers

Veterans Day and Every Day

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At Miller Jones, we’re extremely grateful for the brave men and women in our community who have served our country in the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard. Their selfless contributions are deserving of deep appreciation and support, for generations past and for those who continue to serve today. Currently, an estimated 19 million veterans are living in the United States. Whether we realize it or not, we have our veterans to thank for fighting for the freedoms we regularly enjoy. As you and your family make plans for this year’s Veterans Day, it’s important to understand why this time of year is set apart. We not only observe this month to honor vets, but use it as a stepping stone to learn how we can support those who have put everything on the line to keep us safe.

Originally known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day is a federal holiday observed in the United States every year on November 11th. Here are a few historical facts about Veterans Day:

  • Veterans Day is also known as Remembrance Day, a celebration of the end of World War I, which was formally ended at the 11th hour of November 11, 1918, when the Armistice (a temporary halting of hostilities) with Germany went into effect.
  •  In 1926, congress passed a resolution for an annual observance and November 11th  became a national holiday beginning in 1938. In 1954, Armistice Day was officially renamed Veterans Day.
  • Different from Memorial Day, which we celebrate in May and honor those who have died while serving in the military, Veterans Day honors all veterans and their service.
  •  Every Veterans Day (and Memorial Day), Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia holds a memorial service for veterans and their families. The cemetery is home to about 400,000 men and women – most of whom have served in the military.

There are many ways to honor the veterans in your family and community, on Veterans Day as well as year-round. Some ideas include:

1.     Call a veteran you know and ask to hear their stories.

2.     Send ‘Thank You’ cards to veterans at your local senior living community or through organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project or Operation Gratitude.

3.     Visit a local military landmark and learn its history.

4.     Call your local American Legion or VFW and ask about upcoming public or virtual events.

5.     Visit the grave of a veteran and reflect on their service and sacrifice. Both our cemeteries, Minefee Valley Cemetery, and Riverside National Cemetery memorialize veterans.

At Miller Jones, we have a deep and longstanding respect for the military men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving our country. We are honored when families of veterans choose us to help them remember their lives and their sacrifices, and to guide them through grief in their time of need. We also support our veterans in our own communities:

  • We proudly employ veterans at all our locations.
  • We work closely with Riverside National Cemetery, one of the largest military cemeteries in the nation.
  • We have a long history of helping families hold military funerals and memorial services.
  • Every year, we host an annual veterans salute honoring a member from local posts throughout our communities.

If you or your loved one is a veteran and would like to learn more about military honors, the services we provide at Miller Jones, and planning a military funeral in advance, our team is always available to chat and answer any questions you have. Our experienced staff can walk you through the veteran benefits you or your loved one qualify for, coordinate with preferred military cemeteries, and discuss any personal touches you’d like added to a military service to honor a life in the best way possible. Visit our Veterans Services page or call any of our locations in Hemet, Menifee, Moreno Valley, Murietta, Perris, or San Jacinto at (951) 658-3161.

Recognizing and appreciating those who have served our country is the best way to celebrate Veterans Day. This year, we’d like to extend our utmost gratitude to the veterans who have risked their lives in the line of duty, their families and the sacrifices they, too, have made and wish those abroad a safe homecoming