In 1779, Captain John Paul Jones stood on the deck of his ship, the Bonhomme Richard. In one of the earliest moments that would live forever in the history of the United States Navy, Jones cried out, “I have not yet begun to fight!” in response to the British asking him if he wished to surrender. Since then, several men and women have served the Navy at home and abroad with distinction and professionalism. On October 13th we celebrate the birth of this all too important branch of the United States military. There are many ways in which you can help celebrate this important day.
Immerse Yourself in U.S. Naval History
The history of the United States Navy is full of incredible moments and outstanding individuals who helped steer the course of history. Take some time out of your busy day and learn about some of them. Read about Stephen Decatur’s impressive raid against the Barbary pirates, or the first ironclad warships making their appearance during the American Civil War. There’s no knowledge that is not power, and learning new things is an adventure.
Thank a Veteran for their Service
The debt of gratitude we owe to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and those who have served is immeasurable. One of the best ways you can show your appreciation is to tell a veteran “thank you.” It won’t cost anything, and the expression of gratitude is a humble way of acknowledging their service.
Help Bring Awareness to Charities that Support Veterans
Some scars heal, others take a long time to mend, and tragically, some never do. Charities such as DAV (Disabled American Veterans) do a lot of work with providing both awareness and assistance to veterans and their families.
When it comes to healing the scars of our wounded veterans, it’s important that we all do our part. Operation Rubix is providing both alternative and traditional therapies to veterans who might be suffering from mental or physical ailments. One of the best ways you can celebrate the Navy’s birthday is to donate to this organization that helps those who are hurting. If you can’t spare anything monetary-wise, consider getting involved in another capacity. This charity focuses on those in the Sarasota area who served. As part of the community that we all call home, let’s help them heal.
For more information on Operation Rubix, visit https://www.operationrubix.org/ and see how you can do your part. You can also visit our website to learn about our services at SRQ Vets and how you can get involved.