Veterans Day is about two weeks away. November 11th is a day to honor those who have served and those who continue to sacrifice for our country. Keep reading for ideas about how to honor veterans, both in your community and elsewhere, this year.
- Put together care packages to send to troops currently stationed overseas. Contact a nearby base or organization to identify troops in need. Contact the USPS for free “Military Care Kits” that include boxes, packing tape, and customs forms. Also, it is important to research or ask for the specific care package items that troops need and want.
- Visit veterans in a hospital, assisted living or nursing home facility in your community. Speaking with elderly or injured veterans can brighten their day, and yours!
- If you have young children, a fun art project is a great way to teach them about the holiday’s importance. Even more, small drawings or cards can be included in the care packages you send!
- If you have school aged children, ask if their teacher will have a Veterans Day lesson plan. A short writing project, such as writing biographies on veterans, is a great way for students to learn about the holiday’s importance.
- Invite a veteran, parent, grandparent or community member to speak to students about what it’s like to be in the military. If you don’t know any veterans to invite, you can contact your local VA. They will likely be able to identify a good guest speaker.
- At work, wear a red poppy to show support for veterans and active duty service members. To find the red poppies to wear, contact your local American Legion office. The poppies they distribute are all handmade by veterans, and donations received in exchange for the flowers go directly to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans.
- Support veteran-owned businesses in your community. If you are not sure which businesses are veteran-owned, reach out to your local chamber of commerce to see if they have more information.
- Make honoring veterans a year-round habit. Whenever you see someone in uniform, extend a simple word of thanks or small act of kindness to show your gratitude for their service.