November 11, Veteran’s Day, is a special opportunity for ordinary civilians to pay tribute to America’s service members and their families.
There’s plenty of ways to honor our veterans, not only on Veteran’s Day, but year-round. Here are some ideas for celebrating this year’s Veteran’s Day and for respecting the veterans who’ve sacrificed everything for our country.
Attend a Veteran’s Day Event
Given the pandemic, the number of high-density, public Veteran’s Day events will be minimal. Smaller gatherings that follow recommended health guidelines may still be available. Church services and speaking events at outdoor venues are possibilities to keep your eye out for.
If you’re worried about getting sick, consider holding your own private service from the comfort of your home. Go online and give thanks to your local veterans by sending them a nice, supportive message on social media.
If you’re lucky, there might be speaking events and meet-and-greets held over online video services. To check out what events your community offers, refer to municipal newspapers and official websites.
Donate To Veterans' Organizations
Veterans returning after their service might have difficulties readjusting to the normal world. For those dealing with mental illnesses and disabilities, the transition can be harder.
Supporting local, veteran-owned businesses or donating to organizations designed to help returning service members is a meaningful way to honor our veterans. Popular organizations to donate to include the Wounded Warrior Project, Homes for Our Troops, the Fisher House Foundation, and Thanks USA.
Find Ways To Express Your Thanks
Don’t forget to give the veterans a hearty thanks for their service. Sending cards to a nearby military base or VA hospital is a great way to brighten a veteran’s day. Gift a local veteran some flowers or a small, gratitude-filled gift. In the age of social media, even a short, heartfelt shoutout is appropriate.
If you’re personally acquainted with a veteran, thank them in person, when safe, or over text. Write them a personalized thank-you note or cook them a special Veteran’s Day meal.
Listen To Their Stories
Talking to a veteran about their service is a good way to show you care. Ask them how long they served, under which service branch, why they chose to join, and what they found memorable about their time in the military. Lend an ear and listen.
Remember that military service isn’t always sunshine and roses, especially for veterans who were wounded in combat. If a veteran is hesitant to speak about their service, don’t be pushy. Above all else, be respectful, understanding, and kind.
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