Books and Gifts to Honor Veterans

Books and Gifts for Veterans

How do you say "thank you," to someone who risked his or her life for your freedom? It's an overwhelming sacrifice, and deserves a thunderous chorus of thanks. Browse our gifts for veterans, and our acts of thanks, along with the books in our store that honor veterans. Enjoy your Memorial Day celebrations this May 25th, and remember to thank a veteran.

Gifts for Veterans

  • A watch is a beautiful way to commemorate the time donated to the nation.
  • Movie marathon — whether you use Netflix, Amazon, Redbox, or another movie rental service, find your veteran's favorite flicks and create a personalized movie marathon.  
  • Gift basket from your local farmer's market filled with gorgeous seasonal fruits and vegetables. 
  • Gourmet international coffee or chocolate to put a little pep in their step.
  • Greeting card — browse your local gift shop or Etsy to find just the right sentiment for the veteran in your life.
  • By veterans, for veterans: search local veterans' businesses in order to support the veterans in your area when finding the right gift.

Acts of Thanks

  • Cook and deliver a favorite meal
  • Send flowers, or better yet, drop them off them in person
  • Plant a tree in the name of a veteran
  • Donate money or time to a veterans' organization
  • Volunteer at the VFW or another veterans' group

Books to honor veterans from

Medal of Honor - Gifts for Veterans - Memorial DayMedal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty:

The book includes 144 contemporary portraits of recipients by award-winning photographer Nick Del Calzo and profiles by National Book Award nominee Peter Collier. There are also letters from Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter; and a multimedia DVD with historic footage and recipients' first-person reflections. The Medal of Honor recipients in the book fought in conflicts from World War II to Afghanistan, serving in every branch of the armed services.

The Vietnam War - Gifts for Veterans - Memorial Day

NPR American Chronicles: The Vietnam War Broadcast CD:

NPR reports on the Vietnam War, from its origins to the major battles, through the Fall of Saigon, to repercussions of the conflict still felt today.

This unabridged, original radio broadcast is narrated by Audie Cornish and runs 3.75 hours.

The New York Times Complete World War II - Gifts for Veterans - Memorial Day

The New York Times Complete World War II:

Experience the history, politics, and tragedy of World War II as never before seen through the original, often firsthand daily reportage of The New York Times, our country's newspaper of record.

Beautifully designed and illustrated with hundreds of maps and historical photographs, it's the perfect gift for any war, politics, or history buff. 

A respected World War II historian and writer, editor Richard Overy guides readers through the articles, putting the events into historical context. The enclosed DVD-ROM gives access to more day-by-day coverage of World War II in The New York Times—from the invasion of Poland to V-J day with access to over 98,000 articles.

The Great War in 3D - Gifts for Veterans - Memorial DayThe Great War in 3D:

See The Great War in 3D and experience first hand stories as told from the soldiers' perspectives.

Detailed descriptions of the scenes depicted in each stereographic photograph are included on the back of each card, so the viewer will understand exactly what he or she is seeing.

Choosing Courage - Gifts for Veterans - Memorial Day

Choosing Courage: Inspiring Stories of What It Means to Be a Hero:

For ages 10+!  What turns an ordinary person into a hero? What happens in the blink of an eye on a battlefield (or in any dangerous situation) to bring out true courage? The men and women who have been recognized by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation know the answers to these questions deep in their hearts. 

Adding depth and context are illuminating sidebars throughout and essays on the combat experience and its aftermath: topics such as overcoming fear; a mother mourning her son; and “surviving hell” as a prisoner of war. Back matter includes a glossary and an index.

"The stories in this book . . . convey the human side of heroism."
-Baltimore Sun

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