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I Stopped Thanking Veterans on Memorial Day

May 29, 2017 0 Comments

This year I decided to stop thanking veterans for their service on Memorial Day. This is something I typically do throughout the year, but my mind changed after talking with my father. My dad is a World War II veteran who spent 2 years on a ship in the Pacific.

When I was a kid, my dad use to take me to Arlington Cemetery, in VA to visit the grave of a close friend of his who was killed aboard ship. I have a vague memory of visiting his friend’s mother as well.

I find that on Memorial Day, my dad normally shares even more stories about the war. What he endured, friends he lost, how proud he was to serve his country and the unimaginable things he lived through.

I decided that instead of thanking him for his service, I would listen, let him talk and share information and allow him to mourn the loss of friends.

So, instead of thanking him for his service, I tell him that I hope this is a meaningful day for him.

Honestly, I have no idea whether veterans are offended in any way by being thanked for their service on Memorial Day, but this seems like a better way for me to recognize and appreciate veterans.

So, to all of my actor and model family who are veterans, I hope this day is a meaningful one for you.

Let me and others know what you say to veterans on Memorial Day by leaving a note here. If you are a veteran, I would really like to get your thoughts. Please leave your posts on



P.S. On a side note, my dad will be honored by the Baltimore Ravens during their first home game this year at Ravens Stadium. Can’t wait for September 17th.

About the Author:

Aaron Marcus has been a full-time actor and commercial model for over 30 years.

His new book, How to Become a Successful Actor and Model is an Amazon Best Seller.

Aaron has given his seminar: “Book the Job” over 600 times spanning 3 continents.

He also offers online workshops.

Aaron saves 5 days each month to give private on-line coaching sessions.

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