What is Veterans Day?
Veterans are very important people in American society that should be celebrated and honored. November 11 is set aside as the day to celebrate and honor Veterans Day. They are people who dedicated their lives to serving and still continue to protect our nation. There are various ways and ideas that we can use in celebrating to show our regard and appreciation for their service on Veterans Day. Civilians have a better opportunity to learn the sacrifices that military members and their families make to serve the nation. Because it is considered a public holiday, let’s explore various ways to celebrate the day apart from attending the local veterans day parade.
1. Organize a Treat for Veterans
As a company or individual, you can consider recognizing veterans in your workplace or area by hosting a lunch or taking them for a meal in their favorite hotel. You can invite civilians and families to learn about military service and include them in the plan to show their appreciation for the Veteran’s service. Special lunch or reception will indicate that you honor and celebrate the Veteran’s service to the country. Also, you might treat them to a homemade meal.
2. Serve the Veteran's Families
Military service commitment affects them and their families significantly. Families of the service members, whether they are children, parents, or spouses, change as they learn to live a military lifestyle with their family members. Parents in the service are both filled with pride and fear. Therefore, honoring and serving their families through special gifts, events, or recognition, goes a long way in impacting a positive feeling about their veterans’ employees.
3. Involving and Teaching Children.
Parents can plan a way they will involve their children in learning about the history of Veteran’s Day. Children can organize creative writing works; record the events of different functions they attend. They can be encouraged to write letters to the veterans or participate in making videos celebrating military men and women in service. Children can be encouraged to volunteer to prepare for the local ceremonies and listen to the Veterans parades.
4. Driving a Veteran around the city.
Most veterans spend their time at home doing nothing, and they rarely have time to drive or are incapable of driving. People can celebrate Veteran’s Day by taking veterans to restaurants and offering free meals to veterans. They can offer to take them to a museum or a battlefield. It can be a chance to learn more from the veterans about the city and the people who fought for it. It can be a magical experience to treat them on a day when they do nothing as they experience the beauty of the country they fought for in service.
5. Assist Veterans in Hospitals and Retirement Homes.
There are many local nursing homes where veterans have been hospitalized. It is time you can take flowers to them and activities that they can do while still in bed. Some of the veterans want people to chat with, which can brighten their day. It is also a good chance to listen to their fascinating stories about the activities that happened when they were in service. Individuals can also learn great lessons about military men and women, impacting and inspiring children always to appreciate them.
6. Visiting a Memorial Park.
Celebrating Veterans Day also means remembering those service men and women who are long gone. Most cities have memorial parks where people can go and commemorate those who fought for the country. Therefore, it is an important day to pay respect either by laying some flowers in order to pay respects. Also, it is a special day to decorate the graves of deceased veterans.
7. Attending a Local Celebration
Most of the cities host a celebration and Veterans Day Parade. On these celebrations, you can volunteer or attend with your friends, family, or with kids since the kids are mostly out of school. This will be a good chance to cheer those in the area who have fought for the country. Also, if there are no celebrations, you can organize a parade with friends by making posters and cheering on the roadside, making people honk in appreciation of veterans.
7. Gifting and Donating to Veterans
Many veterans require our support, thank a veteran by giving them our time or financial support. You can use Veteran’s Day celebrations to donate to the organizations that support our veterans. This can be through a care package you design with friends and family for a soldier working overseas. They will feel the gratitude of getting recognized by anonymous people in their home country. Items to donate can be monetary or materials donations which include:
- Toys/sport equipment
- Small household items
- Beddings such as blankets and bedsheets
In conclusion, Veterans include military spouses and their families, and honoring Veterans Day means celebrating people affected directly when they are in service. It is important to celebrate the day by including them and conducting a service that will touch their heart and make them feel appreciated for their efforts. Children have the chance to learn about them bravely serving the army to deliver peace and freedom to Americans. It is parents’ duty to inspire their children through the stories shared by servicemen and women while celebrating and honoring Veterans Day.