We’ve made it this far…
Thinking about the week ahead…
May your Sunday be *this* happy.
Remember, remember… your dinner.
Button up, it’s chilly out there.
Veterans Day Events to Honor Military for Service – President Barack Obama plans to attend a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. In his proclamation, Obama says the country’s obligations to those who have served “endure long after the battle ends.” The president will lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns before speaking to veterans at the Memorial Amphitheater. Before he heads to the ceremony Obama will hold a breakfast honoring veterans and their families at the White House.
9 AM – World War II Memorial: A wreath laying-ceremony at the World War II Memorial begins at 9 a.m.
11 AM – Arlington National Cemetery: The national Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begins at 11 a.m. and includes a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. There are no tickets and the event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Get there early, because once at capacity the entrance will be closed. Gates open at 8 a.m.
Accelerated learning curve: Veterans have the proven ability to learn new skills and concepts. In addition, they can enter your workforce with identifiable and transferable skills, proven in real-world situations.
Leadership: The military trains people to lead by example as well as through direction, delegation, motivation, and inspiration. Veterans understand the practical ways to manage behaviors for results. They also know the dynamics of leadership as part of both hierarchical and peer structures.
Teamwork: Veterans understand how genuine teamwork grows out of a responsibility to one’s colleagues. Military duties involve a blend of individual and group productivity. They also necessitate a perception of how groups of all sizes relate to each other and an overarching objective.
Diversity and inclusion in action: Veterans have learned to work side by side with individuals regardless of diverse race, gender, geographic origin, ethnic background, religion, and economic status as well as mental, physical, and attitudinal capabilities.
Efficient performance under pressure: Veterans understand the rigors of tight schedules and limited resources. They have developed the capacity to know how to accomplish priorities on time, in spite of tremendous stress. They know the critical importance of staying with a task until it is done right.
Respect for procedures: Veterans have gained a unique perspective on the value of accountability. They can grasp their place within an organizational framework, becoming responsible for subordinates’ actions to higher supervisory levels. They know how policies and procedures enable an organization to exist.
Technology and globalization: Because of their experiences in the service, veterans are usually aware of international and technical trends pertinent to business and industry. They can bring the kind of global outlook and technological savvy that all enterprises of any size need to succeed.
Integrity: Veterans know what it means to do “an honest day’s work.” Prospective employers can take advantage of a track record of integrity, often including security clearances.
Conscious of health and safety standards: Thanks to extensive training, veterans are aware of health and safety protocols both for themselves and the welfare of others. On a company level, their awareness and conscientiousness translate into protection of employees, property, and materials.
Triumph over adversity: In addition to dealing positively with the typical issues of personal maturity, veterans have frequently triumphed over great adversity. They likely have proven their mettle in mission critical situations demanding endurance, stamina, and flexibility.
Sure, there are a few catches — and most require proof of military service. (You need to check company websites for the fine print.) But if you’re a vet or active military, you might plan out a Freebie Monday that goes something like this:
• You wake up hungry.Head over to Denny’s for all-you-can-eat stacks of buttermilk pancakes. But you’ve got to pay up for anything else you get.
•You’re feeling scruffy. Great Clips has you covered. Vets can walk in on Monday — with no appointment — and get free haircuts. If you don’t have the time Monday, or just got a buzz cut, you can still snatch a rain check for a freebie haircut.
• You yearn for the outdoors. Check out any of the nation’s 100 national parks. All parks with admission fees are waiving them for vets over the three-day weekend.
• You’re ready for lunch — with pizzazz. You might try Hooters, which offers vets free meals to $10.99 — as long as you buy a beverage. And, ah, no charge for the ambience.
• You savor an afternoon snack.If the snack you’re lusting for is pizza, California Pizza Kitchen will serve vets any pizza on its menu for free — even The Works.
• You’re hankering for dinner. Golden Corral rolls out a free buffet dinner and free beverage to active-duty and retired military.
•You desire dessert. Participating Krispy Kreme stores will feed a veteran’s sweet tooth with a free doughnut and small coffee.
•You’ve still got the munchies. Red Robin has got the cure: a free Tavern Double burger — served, of course, with bottomless fries.
• You don’t want the day to end.You might cap it off with a caffeinated salute at Starbucks, which will pour a free, tall brewed coffee to vets and active military — and their spouses.
Have a pug day.
Sort of represents the weekend. Caturdays are busy while Sundogs are more laid back and relaxed.
Our week-long journey is almost over.
You can see Friday from here.