Who Are You Hugging For ‘National Hug A G.I. Day?’

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March 4th is a day set aside annually to celebrate all those who serve in the five branches of our U.S. military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

We have countless historical reasons to celebrate these selfless men and women, but we especially celebrate those who serve in the modern, all-volunteer military.

These dedicated men and women, along with their families, make up less than one percent of our national population. Because of this, and because the nation has been involved in active wars against the threat and reality of terrorism for the last 17 years the 99 percent of us owe them a lot.

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March 4 is a National Hug A GI Day.


We owe them our gratitude for their willingness to bear the burdens of our national defense, for the many sacrifices they have made in numerous deployments to some of the world’s most dangerous places. We owe them our commitment to care for them on their return home after their wartime experiences. That includes their medical, psychological, and spiritual health care, for as long as it is needed.

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Have you hugged a GI yet today?


This short video is offering a simple suggestion for how to say thank you to our service members. They are calling it National “Hug a G-I Day.”

If you see an active duty servicemember today, shake their hand, give a hug, and thank them for what they are doing for the nation. It is a simple gesture, but, we all know how it feels to be thanked.

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Let our service members and veterans know they are loved!

Enjoy the day. And include veterans in the gesture as well.

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The Veterans Site sends its thanks and appreciation to all who have served the nation in the uniforms of our military services, then and now. You are the best and most generous among us.

Thank you for your service!

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.
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