November 10th, 2010
03:45 PM ET

iReport daily challenge: #BeAHero for veterans

Editor's Note: Learn about the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2010 and vote for the CNN Hero of the Year at CNNHeroes.com.

On Thursday, Americans pay tribute to the veterans who have served during war or peacetime and continue to do so.

CNN has been offering daily challenges we can each do to make the world better. For the next one, we invite you to “Be A Hero” for our military heroes.

Salute a family member, friend or neighbor who is currently in the military or has served, by doing one or more of the following:

-Thank them for their service in person
-Send them an email
-Post a message on their Facebook page
-Send a Tweet with the hashtag #BeAHero.

We’d love to hear what you did in the comments below, or on iReport.

soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. graey

    i knew your pops. i went to school with him, and worked up with him in the teams. he was a great man, no-and-if-or- buts. i miss him, and many others, but dont let any tripe deter from you knowing he was exactly what he accomplished, strong and a leader. he was never any less when i knew him. i wish your family what they deserve, the best...

    October 21, 2011 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. Matt

    Maybe they will stop when you learn proper capitalization.

    November 10, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pam

    The Revolutionary war with Great Britain was illegal in the Kings eyes, World War 2 was illegal in the worlds eyes...which one or both would you ask our country not to have participated in? Our soldiers verbally and in writing swear an oath to serve and protect. They follow orders and go where directed. If you choose to argue the purpose of any war, write your senator, other wise get on your knees and thank the next soldier you see for his personal sacrifice allowing you to be an idiot.

    November 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JEM

    It is the American solders who will shoot me in the event it becomes necessary
    to revolt against the United States Government.

    November 10, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CKT

    Chris and JEM, I'm sure there are many, many, many veterans who would gladly buy you both tickets to another country if this one is such a horrible place to live.

    November 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. swaerengen

    ReMF you wouldnt do a thing no matter how safe you were.

    November 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ty E

    I am extremely proud of my son who currently proudly serves in the USN. His (and his family's sacrifice) service allows you to live and speak the way you do, and I accept that. However, you should not make statements about serving a "legal" war when you certainly don't mean it. Perhaps in the meantime, you can do something constructive for this nation and enroll in a spelling class!!

    November 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CKT

    jem, I beg to differ on your outlook of what American soldiers do. I proudly served for 20+ years and would do it all again tomorrow. People like you have NO clue what it means to be loyal, dedicated or what patriotism truly is. No one likes war, but unfortunately sometimes they have to be fought. Otherwise, the world would be overran with terrorists, dictators and the like. You really shouldn't talk in public about something you have negative knowledge of. Take care, and thank you to ALL Veterans, past and present.

    November 10, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JEM

    Germany was once filled with extremely professional, dedicated and loyal solders; arguably the highest quality in history. They obeyed their orders from higher up as they were trained to do. Solders obey orders; right or wrong.

    Freedom and Liberty come from the rifle kept above your mantelpiece. Standing army's lead to tyranny. Look how much liberty the Soviet military gave to their citizens.

    To a professional solder, obedience can become a moral curse.

    November 10, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CKT

    "Germany was once filled with extremely professional, dedicated and loyal solders; arguably the highest quality in history. They obeyed their orders from higher up as they were trained to do." – TRUE, and it took US soldiers to rectify that situation.

    Solders obey orders; right or wrong. – You are incorrect on this.

    "Freedom and Liberty come from the rifle kept above your mantelpiece. Standing army's lead to tyranny. Look how much liberty the Soviet military gave to their citizens". – I have to chuckle at this, I can just imagine if the US got overrun and someone tried to "gather" up and lead a bunch of citizens today. Couldn't happen.

    To a professional solder, obedience can become a moral curse. – Possibly. But, having served, I have questioned orders from above and let MY moral compass, one that I had before I enlisted, guide me on what was right and wrong.

    November 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tom

    Hey the reason you can speak your words of stupidity is because of the Vets.
    Proudly server 1974 -1978 USAF 9th SRW.

    November 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ty E

    Are you fricking serious??? Listen here you freeloader!! Yes, I said freeloader because you live in the manner you choose from all those soldiers who have given the ulitimate sacrifice because of acting as an "agent of the government". I thank God (can I say God or do you have a stand on that too?) for each and every one. There are hundreds of other countries for you to choose from, why don't you check out expedia?

    November 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tyler

    Until you learn to spell the word "solder" you have zero credibility in my eyes.

    November 10, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. soldier girl

    JEM (all others like him)- DO you mean Soldier, what is a solder? When do you live and how do you get the freedoms you enjoy? What have you done to contribute to the better good of our nation? or what have you done for anyone that does not benefit you? We call that selfless service........

    November 10, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. M

    Agreed. North Korea sounds like an ideal place for Jem.

    November 10, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
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