Ways to honor our veterans
The men and women who defend the liberties and freedoms of the countries they represent hold a special place in people’s hearts and an eternal spot in their countries’ histories.
Any opportunity is a good time to commemorate the bravery and selfless deeds of military personnel, but certain holidays mark an especially important time to thank veterans for their service.
There are many ways to honor the military at home and abroad in time for the November festivities. The following are just a handful of ways to show appreciation for military men and women.
When dining out, ask your server if you can pay the tab for a soldier or veteran you see in the restaurant.
Attend a military parade with your family and explain the significance of the day to children in attendance.
Draft letters and send care packages to soldiers currently in service far away from home.
Ask your company if Veterans Day or Remembrance Day can be an observed holiday at your place of business to pay homage to servicemen and women. Visit a military memorial in a city near you. Support a military family in your town who may be missing a loved one stationed elsewhere. Make meals, mow the lawn, help with grocery shopping, or simply provide emotional support.
Volunteer time at a veterans’ hospital. You may be able to read with veterans or engage in other activities.
Get involved with a military support charity that can provide much-needed funds to struggling families or disabled veterans.
Have children speak with veterans in your family, including grandparents, uncles and aunts or even their own parents. It can help them gain perspective on the important roles the military plays.
Ask a veteran to give a commencement speech at a school or to be the guest of honor at a special function.
Drive disabled veterans to doctors’ appointments or to run any errands.
Support a local VFW organization.
Create a scrapbook for a veteran in your life.