Honor Week is a time to serve those who serve us as a response to all that Memorial Day stands for.
Over the past few years there has been a significant push to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day. For those of you who may not know, Veterans Day and Memorial Day are not the same thing. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. Veterans Day is all-inclusive — honoring all veterans, either dead or living — but intended as a day to literally thank military personnel for their service to country.
What is the best way to truly honor those who have fallen? The natural response when someone does something for you to is to ask what you can do for them. Not enough people are serving in our military. Too many have citizenship without any sacrifice.
However, Honor Week is a time to serve those who serve us as a response to all that Memorial Day stands for. It goes beyond cheap talk and memes on our social media. It leads us to respond in some physical way.
During the week leading up to Memorial Day, Honor Week offers a series of opportunities for everyone to act upon their desire to honor the fallen. A complete schedule of events includes:
POST ON THE HONOR WALL – Tuesday, May 23
Post on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #HonorWeek to memorialize those who have served and fallen. (Make sure your account is public). Visit rebootalliance.com/honorwall to see those who are being remembered. Selected submissions will also be featured on the Nashville Sign Billboard located at the corner of Broadway and West End. Submissions are free.
TUNE IN TO THE GIVE-A-THON on Facebook Live & Lightning 100 FM – Wednesday, May 24, 7–9 PM Central
If you fondly remember those old Jerry Lewis telethons, then you are going to love our modern day Give-A-Thon. This online streaming show and fundraiser will feature live music, stories from veterans and first responders in our community, great giveaways, and even some comedy! Join us by tuning in to Nashville’s Lightning 100 FM on your radio or on Facebook Live at facebook.com/rebootrecovery.
SHOCK & HONOR – Unexpected Acts of Kindness – Thursday, May 25
We are challenging our community to shock those they see in uniform with unexpected acts of kindness – for example, by buying their lunch, offering a word of thanks, or bringing them a coffee. Share your Shock and Honor acts by using the hashtag #HonorWeek.
MEALS THAT HEAL WEEKEND – Friday–Monday, May 26–29
Support those who serve by eating at one of our Nashville area Honor Week restaurant partners – SATCO and Jack Brown’s Burgers. A percentage of sales will be donated to REBOOT Combat Recovery, helping veterans and first responders find healing from trauma and stress.
Get Involved – Visit HonorWeek.com
“We couldn’t be more excited to be an Honor Week partner and to serve those who serve us. We believe that Honor Week will become a signature Nashville tradition.”
— EVAN OWENS, Executive Director, REBOOT Alliance