Wishing everyone a Happy Veterans Day, and a special thank you to our veterans for their service and all the ways they continue to serve and enrich our communities. Veterans Day represents a day of gratitude and community, and offers a time to reflect and appreciate the privileges, freedoms, and responsibilities of American democracy — along with the complexities of preserving and honoring it, whether serving in uniform or sharing your voice as a civilian, veterans and non-veterans alike.
On Veterans Day, we specifically honor and thank those who have served in uniform, and we can use the occasion to be reminded of the complex experiences of war, not just on a single day or week in November, but throughout the year.
It is sunny here in New York City this morning, a beautiful autumn day. Thank you to all of our veterans, whether gathering for parades or spending the day more quietly with family and friends. Today, or other days, if you feel alone, we at Voices From War — and numerous other veteran service organizations across the country — remind you that you are not alone. Veteran community is strong, and growing stronger, and we continue to stress the importance of engaging civilians, bridging the gap between experiences.
The arts, including stories shared through writing, offer powerful opportunities for building understanding and for creating empathy. Experiences that seem vastly different can so often hold strong and powerful commonalities, and possibilities for mutual growth.
Please continue to check for updates and information shared on our Facebook page and via Twitter, and the occasional Instagram post.
Coming up (NYC):
Join Voices From War on Monday, NOV 14th, for a writing workshop on the historic Intrepid – “Intrepid After Hours.” Flyer below. Registration via the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum:
SAVE THE DATE –> Saturday, DECEMBER 10th, 6:00 pm
The next Voices From War READING of work-in-progress from veterans participating in our fall NYC workshop is coming up on December 10th! *Stay tuned for details.*
A huge THANK YOU to The Rona Jaffe Foundation for their recent grant support for Voices From War’s programming!
CONGRATULATIONS, to The CRAFT of WAR WRITING, a Voices From War collaboration in the Bronx, on the completion (Nov. 12th) of SEASON 2! THANK YOU to Jeremy Warneke for his fantastic teaching and thank you to all of the participants, both veteran and civilian, for your dedication each week in reading about and discussing war literature and veteran experiences.
More news and updates coming soon! In the meantime, Happy Veterans Day to all!