I'm not going to rant tomorrow on Veteran's Day - so I'll do it today instead.
I know I'm a bit biased, being a wife of a veteran... But I HATE Veteran's Day sales and advertising. Seriously, I have to change the channel every time a Macy's Veteran's Day sale pops on TV flashing images of shoes, jewelry and coats with the U.S. flag streaming in the background. A few years back I was shopping at Macy's on Veteran's Day and asked the lady who checked me out if they offered a Veteran's discount. She looked at me like I had just asked her if they sold llamas or something. Like it would be so absurd to assume with all the red, white and blue balloons and streamers all over the store, that they were actually acknowledging that Veteran's Day meant something more to them than a discount and their bottom line.
Joel and I never expect to get any advantages because of his military status and his deployment history. His service is just that, a service. I love that some companies like Disney and Applebees, honor veterans and their families with a free meal or discounts on vacation packages. I think that's really thoughtful and even though we've never taken advantage of those offers, I respect those companies for reaching out to those who've served in a tangible way.
I wrote Macy's and told them what I thought about their advertising. I didn't get a response and I didn't expect one. But tomorrow, on Veteran's Day, I will write them again and next year, I'll do the same.