As a country, we think of Veteran’s Day as an opportunity to honor those who have served our country. But a one-day celebration doesn’t feel like enough. We should thank and respect our veterans every single day of the year. Of course, that’s easier said than done. Life gets busy, and we don’t always know how to show how much we appreciate everything they have sacrificed for us. Here are some thoughtful ways to honor the veterans in your life!
Involve the Whole Family
If you have young kids, it’s important to remind them that the freedoms they enjoy—free speech, safety, education, and more—are all thanks to the bravery of our veterans. This week is a great time to reflect on this sacrifice by sharing stories about your ancestors who fought for our country.
Consider having your child write a letter or create artwork for a veteran in your family. If you don’t have anyone living to send it to, you can find a veteran in a local nursing home or community organization and deliver them the note.
Plan a Special Meal
Another thoughtful way to honor the veterans in your life is by having a meal or get-together with other veterans and their families. Coordinate an event where you can all share stories about your family members who served, talk about what you can do to support veterans and their families, and thank them for their service.
Fly a Military Flag
Honor the veterans in your life by proudly flying their military branch’s flag outside of your home. Your entire community will be able to see your connection to the armed forces and your loved one will feel the pride you have for them.
Flying a flag can be a conversation starter and a chance to share your stories with others. There are a few regulations for displaying U.S. military flags properly that you will want to review beforehand.
Mental health is an urgent concern for many veterans and can be a source of struggle once they return home from deployment. You can donate your time, and if you are in a place to give financially, consider donating to a cause that serves these specific needs for veterans.
Every Day of The Year
All veterans deserve our respect, not just the ones who have passed. While we set aside days to reflect, you should also remember the men and women who are still serving; they deserve respect and appreciation for their service, too. These acts of respect and appreciation will show the veterans in your life exactly how much they mean to you and remind them that their sacrifices are appreciated by future generations.