5 Ways to Show Appreciation on Veterans Day

Veteran’s Day means a different thing for each of us. For some, it reminds you of the time you were in service.

To others, the day allows them to appreciate their sons, daughters, mother or father for their active duty and service.

As a country, it helps us appreciate and recognize the efforts and courage of our military members in their effort to create a peaceful and safe world for all of us.

With Veterans Day gifts and gestures you can show your appreciation to our service men and women.

Here are some creative ideas…

1. Attend a Veterans Day Event

During this day, there are usually many events that happen, ranging from simple ceremonies to charity events. Attending any of these events is a great way to show your appreciation. Some of these events offer great

vietnam veteran salutes at military trade show
Vietnam War Books, visiting a veteran and other kind gestures make great Veterans Day Gifts

activities to engage with veterans and learn more from their stories and experiences.

Also, it offers a good opportunity for you to expose your kids to the holiday and help them learn more about the military and its role in our country.

2. Visit a VA Hospital

Attending the Veterans Day events is fun and helps to bring people together to share their wartime stories. This can make it easy to forget the cost of war.

On the Veterans Day, you can choose to visit a VA hospital to donate or help with simple tasks such as washing and cleaning.

A visit can help to brighten an ill person’s mood and give them even more courage than they already have — especially those suffering from severe injuries.

Remember to bring your kids with you.

3. Ask a Veteran About Their Service

A simple thing like letting a veteran share his or her service experience can make one of the best Veterans Day gifts. ALthough some veterans do not like to talk bout certain things, especially in detail, many do, And some feel it helps them to talk about things and let out their feelings.

Some people find joy and comfort in telling others the difficult, memorable or exciting experiences they had in the military. You just never know how much it means to them. Remember you can also carry a small gift as a way of thanking the veteran for their time such as a coin, book or other item.

4. Donate

There are plenty of organizations that support veterans to make their lives better. Such organizations will appreciate any kind of donation that will help them sustain their course.

Donation can be anything. You can donate your time to volunteer at the organizations and help where necessary. Money donations are also great if you don’t have time to visit VA organizations.

Do you have an old truck, car or RV? Donating it is the best way to get rid of it.

5. Buy Them a Book

If you’re looking for a creative gift for a Vietnam veteran, books offer a unique way of showing your appreciation and gratitude to the special veteran in your life. In this case, you want something meaningful that they can relate to.

For those people with Vietnam veterans in their lives, a book, such as Fallen Never Forgotten, provides all you need to make their day. The book covers 50 memorial sites in detail featuring over 350 professional photographs of the memorials, one from each state. They also included information about who put in the effort to make the memorial a reality, when it was dedicated, how to get there and the best times of year to visit.

The Vietnam Memorial book cover
Fallen Never Forgotten: Vietnam Memorials in the USA

Each state’s chapter is topped off with the state level list of the names of those brave men who gave their lives for their country.

Also known as “The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Book”, Fallen Never Forgotten honors those who never made it home and acknowledges them for their ultimate sacrifice.

Veterans Day Gifts – The Takeaway

There are so many ways to appreciate veterans and service men for their dedication to military service. Whether you have a family member in the army or not, it helps to be part of the celebrations by doing something to honor them for their bravery.


NY-NJ 101st Abn Div Assoc Picnic 2017 at The NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel, NJ

The 2017 annual picnic of the NY NJ Chapter 101st Airborne Division

Association was another success. The turnout was a good one even as early showers turned into bright sunshine. After posting colors Bob Maslo gave a touching reading of a poem from a military graduate to his military father.

The grounds are a real testament to the heroes that are honored here. A 360 degree Black Granite circular wall with slabs for each date memorializing the soldiers from the state of New Jersey who dies on that day.

The bronze sculptors are of a fallen soldier, a nurse and a helpless comrade looking on. The other statues are of the War Dogs who served and the Gold Star Mothers.

On thing that sets this Memorial apart from many others is the Education Center which houses a Vietnam War timeline second to none. It covers the war on the battlefield and what was going on at home. The well put together piece starts from before the US involvement until the communist takeover in a large circular building with a fine gift shop.

If you get the chance please visit, you will be lifted and saddened at the same time

-Ronny Ymbras
1/502 101st ABN
RVN 67-68

This Memorial and over fifty others are featured in Ronny’s book Fallen Never Forgotten Vietnam Memorials in the USA which you can purchase here

3 Noteworthy Vietnam War Books

There are numerous books on the Vietnam War out there for veterans to find information, for families to try to understand what their loved ones experienced or gripping novels to entertain, sometimes based on facts. Below we have chose one book about the Vietnam War from each category.

Non-Fiction Vietnam War Book

The Vietnam War: The Definitive Illustrated History

– by DK (Author)

Published alongside the Smithsonian vietnam war book illustrated non fictionInstitute, this is a guide which chronicles the US forces stand against Communism during the 60’s and 70’s. This book is chock full of information

and comprehensively expresses what was going on with the human side of the war as well as the political side and events of the Vietnam War.

Containing over 500 photos, The Vietnam War this book shows the Vietnam War through the camera lens, telling stories, information on the wars most influential people and everything you need to know about the events, strategies, weapon systems, vehicles used, units and more

This war was the first televised war and this book about Vietnam War history provides an in depth look into the controversial conflict in southeast Asia.

Purchase The Vietnam War: The Definitive Illustrated History by clicking here

Fiction Vietnam War Book

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

– by Karl Marlantes


Although a fiction novel this author writes matterhorn fiction book about the vietnam warfrom experiences he saw with his own eyes. In 1968, this book’s author Karl Marlantes was granted a Rhodes Scholarship which he heroically decided to pause and instead went ahead and enlisted in the USMC.

In the book a squad of US Marines battle through the jungles and hills of treacherous terrain in Vietnam. They are looking to take control of an outpost that sits on a mountain top. It turns out that the NVA is not their only foe. This fiction vietnam war novel is over 600 pages long so don’t expect to finish it quickly.

Purchase Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by clicking here

Post Vietnam War Information

Fallen Never Forgotten: Vietnam Memorials in the USA

– By Ronny Ymbras and Matt Ymbras

Appropriately nicknamed “The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Book”, Fallen Never Forgotten: Vietnam Memorials in the USA is an in depth look at how Vietnam Veterans and the American public have memorialized those fallen servicemen who never made it home from Vietnam.

Covering one Vietnam Veterans Memorial in each state, Fallen Never Forgotten pays tribute to these hallowed grounds. Each chapter is dedicated to a state memorial. In any specific chapter you will find a profile which includes information about who made the memorial a reality, when is the best time to visit, the concept behind the sculptures, professional photos from each location and is completed with state level name lists of the fallen.

These days the reality is that many Vietnam Veterans cannot visit the memorials in their home state due to time, distance, health or cost. This book brings the memorial to the veteran.

Purchase Fallen Never Forgotten: Vietnam Memorials in the USA by clicking here or the “Buy Now” button below

Fundraising Ideas for Veteran Groups

The summer is upon us again, time for all of your American Legion, VFW, VVA and other veteran organization fundraising cookouts, clam bakes, festivals and just good ol’ fun outdoors.

These events always have great turnouts with veterans and their family members and friends arriving from near and far to help the cause and enjoy a nice day with the Vets, and maybe win a prize too!

Raffles, 50/50’s and door prizes are always fun and exciting elements at these events and the best part is the money that is raised for the post. When thinking of veteran fundraising ideas this year consider “The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Book”, Fallen Never Forgotten: Vietnam Memorials in the USA

Fallen Never Forgotten is not your average vietnam war book, it is a tribute to our fallen Vietnam Veterans

Sure, that gift certificate is nice and the spa day is something your wife will enjoy, but this book fits great into the theme of veteran inspired events.

The book is a 12”x9” hardcover coffee table style book featuring information about over 50 Vietnam Veterans Memorials throughout the USA. Each state is represented with professional photographs of the memorial, alongside information about who

put in the work to make the memorial happen, the best time to visit and interesting facts and stories about these sacred locations.

The truth is many Vietnam Veterans would love to go to the memorials in their states but cannot due to time, health, distance or financial reasons. So this book brings the memorials to them.

We at Fallen Never Forgotten give a special rate for Veterans Organizations when they buy a box of ten books. The normal price is $39.85 for an author signed, special edition book, but when you buy a box of ten you get it for just 27.95 per copy!

Many veterans organizations across the country have brought up the idea at their monthly meetings and are already using these books for fundraising ideas and also donate a few copies to local schools and libraries in the area to help raise awareness of these important locations.

You can order a box of 10 copies of Fallen Never Forgotten below or click here to order just one copy at the normal price.

Wishing you all a happy and safe summer
-Ronny Ymbras
1/502 101st ABN
RVN 67-68
Member of American Legion Post 1302, VVA Post 49 and VFW 170 post


Father’s Day Gift for Vietnam Veteran Dads

This Father’s Day 2017 one of the most popular gifts for Vietnam Veteran dads is books on the Vietnam War.

But many veterans already have many of these books and know the history of the war, that’s why Fallen Never Forgotten: Vietnam Memorials in the USA stands out from the rest.

It is not technically one of your run of the mill Vietnam War books, but rather a tribute to the US service members who never made it home from the war.

In the book Fallen Never Forgotten, you will find the authors chose one Vietnam Veterans Memorial from each state, DC and the Traveling Wall. They hired professional photographers to beautifully capture these sacred locations (350 photos in all) then they wrote a profile of each memorial including information like the address, who put in the work to get the memorial placed, the best time to visit and what the meaning is behind the sculpture.

To top it off they added lists of the men who never came home from the war on a state by state level. This is truly a tribute to the fallen, not a Vietnam War book…

For Father’s Day 2017 you can purchase the Special edition of Fallen Never Forgotten for just $39.85 with the purchase you will receive bronze protective book corners and the author’s signature, a nice touch to personalize the gift.

Purchase below…

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Project Dog Tags , a great cause…

Fifteen years ago Jim Gain and Rob Stiff went to Vietnam to discuss a business opportunity, after all was said and done what they got out of the trip was purchasing 625 lost american dogs tags that belonged to members of the US military during the war in Vietnam.

Project Dog Tags is looking to return these dogs tags to the servicemen and their families, all free of charge. This good deed is a wonderful labor of love and we would like to thank Jim and Rob for sacrificing their time for this great cause.

For more information you can check out the Project Dog Tags website by clicking here

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Highlights of Memorial Day 2017 in Washington DC

This Memorial Day 2017 Fallen Never Forgotten authors Ronny and Matt Ymbras were invited to participate in Rolling Thunder’s “Thunder Alley”

The weekend was a success with many veterans enjoying the book, and family members looking for gifts for Vietnam Veterans as Vietnam War books are usually a popular item.

Throughout the weekend a few highlights were caught on Video or through the camera lens.

Check them out below…

Chopper passes over the Ceremonies

A Live look at what was happening at The Wall

The Memorial Day Observance – Speeches by Jan Scruggs and Ken Burns

Rolling Thunder “Run for The Wall” motorcycle parade

Ronny Ymbras Leaves a copy of his book at The Wall

Ronny Ymbras signs a copy of Fallen Never Forgotten for Jan Scruggs, the man whose idea it was to make the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Ronny Ymbras Speaks about a Bad Parachute Exit/Landing

On June 6th (D-day) 2015 Ronny and Matthew Ymbras went to St. Mere Eglise in Normandy, France where Ronny would take part in a reenactment jump at DZ Hemevez. A place where Ronny’s heroes jumped behind enemy lines in WWII.

The day of the jump was windy, and the jumpers were told to be careful and that some may get blown off of the DZ. Fortunately for Ronny although being blown into a backyard he landed in a flat area, the man that also fell into that backyard was not so luck. As you will see in the video below…

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Book

Vietnam Veteran Gifts

Gifts for Vietnam Veterans

As the Spring and Fall come each year family members of Vietnam ‏veterans are always on the lookout or the best Memorial day gifts or Veterans day gift ideas for Vietnam veterans.

What are some gift ideas for Vietnam veterans? What should I buy? Books on the Vietnam war history, flags, hats, clothing?


Flags generally show pride in the veterans branch of service or specific unit or division the service member was in. This is a great option if you know the specifics of the veterans history and are on a tight budget as usually flags can be found anywhere from $5 to $15 dollars on the low end.


Hats and clothing are another option to consider. Veterans often like to show their pride and wearing a new hat or shirt can be a nice touch and often times other veterans that were part of the same branch or division will see the article of clothing and spark a conversation. It can also tell other veterans which war they served in, as Vietnam veterans often wear a “Vietnam Veteran” hat. When going the route of a hat also consider pins to add to the hat.

Books on Vietnam War


The final option is a book. Books are a long lasting keepsake that can be shared and held onto for many years. One example of the best gifts for Vietnam veterans this year has been Fallen Never Forgotten: Vietnam Memorials in the USA.


While many search for the best books on the Vietnam war, this book in particular is not about the war itself. it is a tribute to the men and women who never made it home and the different ways the public has memorialized these fallen heroes with monuments around the country.


The book itself is a large format 12″ by 9″ hardcover coffee table book contains over 350 full color photos and information about over fifty Vietnam war memorials in the United States. Each state is covered with a chosen memorial, professional photos of the memorial, information about who created it, how the funds were raised, when the best time is to visit as well as other interesting facts.


As far as Memorial day and veterans day gift ideas go, Fallen Never Forgotten “The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Book” is considered one of the best Vietnam Veteran gifts. You can Purchase it below or by clicking here

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Book

Vietnam Veterans Day Message 2017

  • Today is Vietnam veterans day 2017, I was in Vietnam in 1967, 50 years ago and sometimes it seems like yesterday…

Although this is a very special day, to me the celebration of Vietnam Veterans Day doesn’t seem so special on one particular day, because it seems so special every day.

The guys who made it home are counted as the lucky ones, however the things that we went through; especially with agent orange, PTSD and the disabling wounds of many can never compare to the pain we feel for the guys who never came home.

I get emotional at times but now it seems that I am managing my emotions a lot better by spending a lot of time with Vietnam veterans at the local American Legion, VFW or VVA post. Attending ceremonies on Memorial and Veterans Day and countless reunions around the country such as the 82nd and the 101st, American Legion and DAV.

Now that I published a book about Vietnam Veteran Memorials it seems that a day doesn’t pass without chatting, writing, phoning or emailing someone from Vietnam.

We have to keep this part of American history alive and out front in the public eye. That’s one of the reasons my son Matthew and I wrote the book Fallen Never Forgotten: Vietnam Memorials in the USA.

So people will Never Forget.

“Welcome Home” to all you brave Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen and all you women who served there as well.

May God bless you

-Ronny Ymbras

B co 1/502 101st ABN – RVN 67-68


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