Join Bradley Cooper and Other Celebs to "Show Your 6" Chicago!

If you have a middle schooler son, then by default you are probably exposed to all things war-related.

Since the 4th grade when he learned about World War II and then later video games like Call of Duty, I have had to brush up on my battles and historical events with books, movies, and trips to Cantigny. I am also quite aware that June 6th is D-Day, the anniversary of the Allied Invasion of Normandy. What I did not know was the significance of "Got Your 6."

In military speak, "Got Your Six" means "I've got your back, and in turn, you have mine."

"Got your Six" is the name of a very impressive collaboration between the entertainment industry and several established non-profit organizations designed to support military service members returning to civilian life.

Bradley Cooper, Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, Claire Danes, and Sarah Jessica Parker among others, are hoping to send a message to all Americans to build respect and understanding for our veterans and their military families.

The campaign hopes to involve the American public through six key pillars of veteran reintegration: jobs, education, health, housing, family, and leadership. Some big name partners include HBO, CBS, ABC, Warner Brothers, NBC Universal, and Sony. Examples of non-profits with prominent roles are the American Red Cross, Pat Tillman Foundation, Operation Gratitude, Blue Star Families, USO, and Volunteers of America.

What an excellent opportunity to teach your children about citizenship, character, and sacrifice.

6 Things You Can Do With Your Kids to “Show Your 6”

• Volunteer
• Interview a vet
• Make a bracelet
• Pack care packages/emergency kits
• Read a book
• Spread the movement

Many more ideas are found at the official "Got Your 6" website.

Not so coincidentally, Chicagoland’s own First Division Museum at Colonel Robert R. McCormick's estate, Cantigny opens on June 6th. Cantigny is the former home of McCormick and his grandfather, Joseph Medill- publishers of the Chicago Tribune. The 500 acre park is comprised of two museums, formal gardens, a public golf course and what kids find most fascinating- a tank park. Located in Wheaton, just thirty miles west of Chicago, it is definitely worth a visit this summer. Show your 6 Chicago!

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  • Looking forward to a visit to Cantigny this summer. Thanks for the info.

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