(PRWEB) October 16, 2014
As Veterans Day approaches, http://www.VetFriends.com - the largest web site for reconnecting U.S. military veterans - is reaching out to ask all Americans to take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices and bravery of all who have served their country in times of war and peace. VetFriends was itself founded by a U.S. veteran in 2000. In honor and support of U.S. veterans and military personnel, VetFriends.com has created an online Veterans Day Parade/Events directory along with a Veterans Day ‘Honor & Thanks’ forum. The forum is free to all visitors wishing to view and submit their comments and words of thanks to our U.S. military heroes.
The Veterans Day Parade/Events Directory at http://www.vetfriends.com/parades highlights the locations, dates, and times of various community events. Visitors are invited to register their event information in the directory to help promote the support of veterans nationwide. All listings will be posted on VetFriends.com for their 400,000+ monthly site visitors to view. The event listings will also be promoted in a VetFriends member newsletter, reaching some 1,700,000 members. With these efforts, VetFriends.com hopes to encourage people across the nation to come together in support of U.S. veterans and active military for Veterans Day 2014.
The Veterans Day forum at http://www.vetfriends.com/veteransday allows visitors to read the personal comments and insights of what Veterans Day means to U.S. service members, or their family and friends. In addition, VetFriends.com invites the national community to post a message of thanks to all those who have served or currently serve in the U.S. military, and to share their thoughts on the significance of Veterans Day. These submissions will be made available to the public through a variety of media and social sites.
Of the VetFriends Veterans Day ‘Honor and Thanks’ Tribute, U.S. Veteran R. Zelonis offered the following remarks:“I thank you veterans for not being selfish with your lives and believing in our nation's freedom… May we laugh, cry and remember on this day, November 11th, our experiences and memories. It was the veteran who saluted our flag, who served under our flag and who will be remembered under our nation's flag.”
It is the hope of VetFriends.com that as Veterans Day approaches, feelings of thankfulness and respect will fill the hearts of the American people, as the community comes together to celebrate, support and show their gratitude to veterans and active military personnel alike.
--VetFriends.com: Founded by a U.S. Veteran--
Special bonds are formed between U.S. soldiers who have and are serving side by side in the U.S. Armed Forces. In 2000, the idea of an online veteran registry came to VetFriends founder Corporal Sutcliffe during a conversation with his father-in-law, who is a Korean War veteran. When asked whether he would attend a hypothetical reunion with his old Army unit, Sutcliffe’s father-in-law responded, "I'd be on the next plane to Korea to see those guys." Reflecting on the depth of this reply, Sutcliffe realized the special bonds of military brother and sisterhood often withstand the test of time, and that with the help of modern technology, those bonds could be reestablished.
Visitors to VetFriends.com can submit nostalgic pieces such as veteran reunion stories, military photos, or even era-specific military jokes, lingo and cadences. But VetFriends most striking feature is the ability it gives its users to search through 1,700,000 members and over 10,000 Military Units for the purpose of reconnecting U.S. military veterans. Other features of the site include veteran job boards; information on how to receive your own or a family member's military records and medals; reunion postings; message boards; military discounts and more.
It is common practice for veterans to wear their medals and ribbons with pride on Veterans Day, as they take part in parades, events and ceremonies nationwide. The VetFriends.com Military Ribbons/Awards Page creator allows veterans to display their decorations in an entirely different way. Veterans are invited to create a free profile at: https://www.vetfriends.com/new_member/index.cfm, where branch and unit awards can be selected. There, military ribbons and awards can be selected online, in order of rank. These will then be displayed on a personal awards page, along with information such as the date awarded; location; service friends present; military stories and more. Each decoration is displayed according to precedence, and military medals are posted in accordance with each ribbon. Military awards are shown in full color and allow veterans to share their pride with family, friends and loved ones.
To date, thousands of people have been reconnected through VetFriends.com, spanning from World War II, Operation Desert Storm, and the present. VetFriends.com has a current member count of over 1,700,000 people and averages 400,000 visitors per month to the site.
Please visit http://www.vetfriends.com for more information.
For successful veteran reuniting stories, photos and interview opportunities please contact Maynard Anderson at 843-352-4926.