(RepublicanNews.org) – Every person serving in the United States armed services takes a solemn oath to “support and defend” the US Constitution “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” They also vow to obey the orders of their superior officers and the President of the United States, their commander-in-chief. That oath has no expiration date, and neither does the obligation Americans have to honor those brave men and women who make sacrifices on their behalf.
Restaurant owners from coast to coast are stepping up to honor the 13 US service members killed by an ISIS-K suicide bomber near Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 26.
The establishments are placing 13 beers at an empty table to pay tribute to the Army Staff Sergeant, Navy Hospitalman, and 11 Marine Corps enlistees. Some owners say they intend to keep the display up for 13 days.
Restaurant and Brewery Owners Speak Out
Several restaurant and brewery owners spoke with the Today Show about their displays. For instance, Mallory Bond, a Wyoming brewery co-owner, said her restaurant is raising money for veterans groups as well as displaying 13 beers. She added for her husband, the loss of the troops was personal. His family has a long-standing history of military service.
Shannon Vazquez, the general manager of an Ohio cafe, said she decided to set up her restaurant’s display after learning an Ohio resident died in the blast. Her display included a sign in addition to 13 beers lined up in a row. The sign reserves the table for “our 13 Americans” who aren’t coming home, letting other patrons know the establishment remembers and honors the fallen heroes.
Vazquez comes from a military family and told reporters they’re praying for the family members of the servicemen and women who perished in Afghanistan on that fateful day.
Other Ways to Honor America’s Fallen Heroes
There are many other ways to honor America’s fighting men and women. For instance, 3rd US Infantry Regiment soldiers have guarded the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery for decades. It has served as the final resting place for soldiers since its founding in 1921.
Additionally, Americans pay homage to the nation’s fallen service members on the last Monday of every May as part of the nation’s Memorial Day observances. Originally called Decoration Day, it began shortly after the Civil War and became an official national holiday in 1971.
Similarly, the nation observes Veterans Day annually on November 11. However, unlike Memorial Day, it honors all veterans, living and dead. Originally called Armistice Day, it began in 1919 and became a federal holiday in 1938.
Private citizens also honor the nation’s brave men and women in uniform throughout the year in various ways, like lighting a candle on holidays or on the Fourth of July. How do you celebrate America’s heroes?
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