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This Veterans Day there are many ways to thank our local military Veterans for their service and sacrifice. In addition to a handshake and some kind words, try one of these ways to show your appreciation.

Attend the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Hollister this Monday, November 11th from 1:30-4:00pm. You can clap and cheer for all the Veterans being honored and remembered. 

If you are enjoying a meal out on Veterans, or any other day and see a Veteran at a coffee shop or restaurant, pick up the tab or send them a drink or dessert.

Send an e-card for thanks and a good cause. Heinz, has announced an “Our Turn To Serve” promotion. Click here and you can send your favorite Veteran a heartfelt card at no cost. In addition, the company will donate one dollar to the Wounded Warrior project, and your card will be added to their “Gallery of Gratitude.”

Send a Tweet. Thank a Vet on Twitter. Send your message to #thankavet and it will add your message to the online Wall of Thanks created by The History Channel. 

You can also Get the kids involved. Paint a picture, make a card or write a letter. Send it to your grandparent, parent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, any relative or friend that is a Veteran.

Take them to lunch at one of many local restaurants that are offering free or discounted deals with a military I.D. including, Famous DavesDennysRed Robin, and Starbucks. If you are a business owner, consider giving Veterans a discount or added benefit or service on Veterans Day or all year long.

Call our local veterans services office and ask how you can help, through a time or monetary donation. They can be reached at Phone: 831.637.4846 or through their website. You can also call the local VFW offices in San Juan Bautista at (831) 623-4320 and Hollister (831) 637-4846.

Last, but not least, fly your flag. Display the stars and stripes on your home or office showing your appreciation. For flag flying etiquette, click here. Happy Veterans Day and thank you to the brave military men and women and their families who know first hand that freedom isn’t free.