Friday, October 31, 2014

Veterans Day: Honoring the Veterans in Your Life

November 11 is Veterans Day, a day set aside to recognize those who have served in the Armed Forces. It is a day to honor those men and women who have fought to protect our country and our freedom. Whether you have loved ones who are veterans or simply want to honor the many veterans throughout the country, there are many ways in which to pay tribute and respect.

  • Partake in a local celebration: Many communities hold parades, breakfasts, dinners, or other festivities in honor of veterans. Take your senior to be a part of gatherings and celebrate with the community. If they are a veteran, allow them to be recognized for their service and socialize with others who have shared similar experiences or who are grateful for their dedication.
  • Visit a museum, memorial, or battlefield: If you live in an area that is home to one of these national or historic sites, it can be a great way to spend the day together. Children can learn more about the battles that took place and the events that help to shape our country. Your loved one can share their personal insight and memories about these events for an even more enriching and meaningful experience.
  • Send cards or care packages: Drop a note or small gift in the mail to let your loved one know that you are thinking about them. You can also work together to assemble a care package for military personnel who are currently deployed. A genuine note of thanks and gratitude can go a long way in brightening up a veteran or active military personnel’s day.
  • Take the time to listen and learn: If your loved one is a veteran and feels up to talking about their experiences, listen to them as they share. Ask questions and learn more about their service and how they were impacted. This can be a great way for children to get a better glimpse of history and connect with grandparents or other seniors. However, some veterans may not want to talk about their past, so it’s important not to make them feel pressured.

Veterans Day can be a great way to start meaningful conversation and develop a better appreciation for the country and its history. Take the time to thank the veterans in your life for their service and for defending our country and freedom. Even those who did not serve probably know someone who did or can remember these moments in history. Show your respect and gratitude by getting involved this year and doing something special.

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