Happy Veterans Day! Thank you to those who have served and protected our country as well as those men and woman who are still serving. We appreciate you!
Today I am sharing with you a few ways you can honor Veterans Day. There are plenty of gestures you can take to make a Veteran’s day and to perform an act of kindness. Here are are a few ways to honor Veterans Day and all those that serve our country!
• Say "Thank You"!
If you personally know a veteran, whether they live close by or states away, make an effort to simply say “thanks!” If your schedule is hectic and you don’t have time for an in-person visit, a quick phone call or text is sure to be appreciated.
• Treat a Vet to Lunch, Dinner, or a Cup of Coffee
Inviting a Veteran to one of our local restaurants or coffee shops is guaranteed to make their day! Sometimes those places will even have discounts for Veterans!
• Take aMoment of Silence
Whether you’re at work, at home, or in your car, you might consider taking a few minutes to silently reflect on the impact that members of the U.S. armed forces have made in the country. If there are any veterans who mean a lot to you, take your time to reflect on your gratitude for these special individuals. This two-minute period takes place at the same time nationally, but different times depending on individual time zones.
• Wear a Poppy
Veterans Day is a significant day for former members of the U.S. armed forces. Many veterans wear hats, pins or uniforms to share their pride in their service. If you are not a veteran but want to support the veterans in your community and around the country, you can wear an American flag pin or red poppy to show your gratitude for these service members. You might be wondering what the significance of the red poppy is. Its connection to Veterans Day comes from the famous World War I poem “In Flanders Fields,” in which the red flowers were the first to bloom in the fields after battles in France and Belgium. Poppies are also considered a symbol of appreciation for veterans in various European countries. Read "In Flanders Field" Here.
It seems like we all know someone who has served and Veterans Day is a great time to ask them about their service. Some questions to get started are: What did you do in the military? How long did you serve? What was your favorite moment in all your time in the service? Did anyone else in your family serve? Why did you choose to go into the service branch you did? Do not ask if they've killed anyone and should your veteran be a combat vet who is either unwilling to share or plainly states what they went through, be supportive without being intrusive. Sometimes you don't have to say anything, just listen and give them your full attention.
• Send a Gift
One way to show your gratitude to a veteran you know is by sending them a thoughtful present. It doesn't have to be a huge gift! You might decide to make baked goods, write a letter, get them a gift card to their favorite restaurant, or even send flowers. Check out the local florists in your area that can send them a beautiful arrangement that will brighten their home. No matter what type of gift you choose to give, you are showing your gratitude for their service!
You can always donate and/or volunteer to help Veterans as well!
These are just some of the things you can do to honor those who have served our country this Veterans Day.