Non-Narrative Holidays are culturally or Humanisticly important days which don’t fit into the narrative arc of A Humanist Year. Because we often get these days off from work or school, they are sometimes treated as chances to catch up on errands or at best to gather together with friends and family to have a good time. While observing AHY, we remember that these days are also opportunities to reflect and engage with important aspects of life.
Veterans Day is an opportunity for Americans to remember the brave men and women who risk their lives for their country. Take this day to thank the veterans you know for their service. Ask them about their experiences, and consider how the world would be different if not for their sacrifices.
It is also an opportunity to reflect on war and nationalism more broadly. We encourage you to think carefully about these sensitive issues, rather than falling into an extremely positive or negative view of the military. Consider that many of the veterans we honor today joined the armed forces to make the world a better place, and that we as a nation have a duty to use our military for that end.
For some resources, check out the official Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Day page.
For more suggestions of things to do which benefit both the military at large and Humanist service members in particular, check out the excellent resource guide which the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers put together.