Today we pause to honor the service given to our country by members of the military. Often times our spoken thanks seems insufficient for the sacrifices our service men and women have made. As several stories in this week’s edition illustrates, one of the best way to express our thanks and honor Veterans Day is to reach out a hand in service ourselves.

Locally, quilters have given of their time and talents to present Dryden-area veterans with works of art that honor their service in the armed forces.

Imlay City’s Alex Walton relishes in giving of his time to collect donations for disabled veterans and at a mere eight years of age, understands the importance of giving back.

Likewise, the VFW post and member Alex Lengemann sprang into action to help Imlay City Schools keep one of their flagpoles in good working order.

We applaud these members of our community and encourage others to consider how they might commit their own acts of service.

There’s still time to make a donation at local stores where Legion Auxiliary members will be hosting Poppy Sales this weekend. With the holidays around the corner, consider adopting a military family in need of Christmas gifts or a nice meal or donate needed supplies to a VA hospital.

Many groups and advocates are doing what they can to address high rates of suicide among veterans. Consider how you might help these efforts or simply pledge to reach out to a veteran who might be struggling. Making a phone call, sending a text or delivering a meal are meaningful ways to connect, the experts say.

No matter how it’s said or done, thank a veteran in your life today.