Free Vintage Post Cards for Memorial and Veterans Day
It's not necessarily traditional to send cards to US military veterans for Memorial Day and Veterans Day, but there's no reason not to start that tradition right now. After all, these brave men and women laid their lives on the line for us.
In March 2008, the 4,000th American was pronounced dead in the Iraq war. That means you might even know people who recently gave their lives for their country. So why not send our surviving veterans or the relatives of someone killed in battle one of the authentic old-fashioned cards on this page, either as an e-card or on the front of a postcard or greeting card. No matter how you feel about war, it's the least we can do to say thank you for those who put themselves in harm's way.
Download Memorial Day and Veterans Day Cards Here
To download, choose a small "thumbnail" version of any of the patriotic cards and click on it to produce a larger version. Then click on that to make an even larger image appear. You can then download that larger image by right-clicking and saving it to your hard drive (PC) or control-clicking it and saving it (Mac).
Looking for ways to honor those who served? Scroll down to see our gallery of tribute items, and links to more free veterans images and a site that provides services for veterans.
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In Flanders Fields
The original inspiration for veterans to sell paper poppies for Memorial Day came from the famous poem below, which was written by John McCrae in 1915:
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead.
Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.
In 1922 the Veterans of Foreign Wars became the first veterans' organization to sell poppies nationally for Memorial Day. Two years later their "Buddy" poppy program began selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans.
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Another Way to Honor Our Veterans
Another way to honor veterans is by honoring the flag for which they fought. Here are the rules for displaying and handling the flag, according to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW):
- The U.S. flag should be displayed from sunrise to sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs in the open, but when a patriotic effect is desired the flag may be displayed 24-hours a day if properly illuminated . Also, the flag should not be displayed in foul weather, except if it is an all-weather flag.
- It should fly above any other flag. the exception are flags of other nations, which should be flown at same height.
- When held in a parade, the U.S. flag should be to marchers right (observer's left).
- When displayed on a speaker's platform, it must be above and behind the speaker. If mounted on a staff it should be on the speaker's right.
- The flag should never be used for decoration. For bunting, use blue on top, then white, then red.
- To salute the flag, your head should be bare (women and military leave hats on), your right hand should be over your heart and you should be standing at attention.
- On special days the flag may be flown at half-staff. On Memorial Day it shuold be flown at half-staff until noon and then raised to full height.
- Do not let the flag touch the ground.
- Do not fly the flag upside down unless there is an emergency.
- Do not carry the flag flat or carry things in it.
- Do not use the flag as clothing.
- Do not store the flag where it can get dirty.
- Do not use it as a cover, unless it is on a coffin during a funeral.
- Do not fasten it or tie it back; always allow it to fall free.
- Do not draw on it or otherwise mark the flag.
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