How to Celebrate Veterans Day
Every year we recognize November 11th as a time to shine a light on those who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. For some, Veterans Day might be just another date in the calendar, but it holds so much importance. If you’re looking to get involved, we’ve gathered a list of ways that you can express your support and appreciation for veterans on this patriotic holiday.
1 – SHOW YOUR TRUE COLORS
Bust out your best red, white and blue clothing or fly an American flag from your home, vehicle or place of work. Put the stars and stripes and your support on display! This is the simplest way to show veterans you care when you’re out and about on Veterans Day this November 11th.
2 – THANK A VETERAN
Sometimes a simple “thank you” means much more than we think! Make it special and add a personal touch by writing a note or card, or even accompany that thank you with a home-cooked meal or a cup of coffee. Share your gratitude with a veteran in person if able, or in a COVID-friendly email, text, video chat, or front door drop-off.
3 – VOLUNTEER
There is no limit of organizations that offer services for veterans that gladly accept volunteers. Find a local one and figure out how to get involved; whether that be helping at a veteran’s facility, or serving meals to homeless veterans there are so many ways to serve! You can visit vfw.org and va.org to find volunteer opportunities near you this Veterans Day.
4 – DONATE
A very generous and tangible way to show your support on Veterans Day is through monetary donations. You can donate directly to the Veteran’s Affairs through their website at va.org. Another great option is to find and research an organization in your own community that benefits veterans and donate to them.
5 – PAY IT FORWARD
Do you know a veteran? Are you grabbing lunch and happen to notice the person in line next to you is wearing a uniform? Offer to pay for their meal or coffee, or better yet, just do it and surprise them. Be sure to thank them for their service when you do.
6 – WRITE A LETTER
You can find organizations such as Support Our Troops that accept letters of thanks and recognition to active military members and veterans. Express your gratitude and share an uplifting message this Veterans Day, it will make their day!
7 – DOCUMENT HISTORY
Do you have a friend or family member that is a veteran? Take some time to meet with them and ask them to share their story with you. Be respectful, as some memories may weigh heavier than others. Record it or write it down to have as a piece of history to learn from and share with others to understand the importance of their service.
8 – ATTEND A VETERANS DAY EVENT
From parades, demonstrations, reenactments and memorial services to 5k runs and fitness challenges; there are many events hosted on and around November 11th you can participate in. Due to COVID, many are being modified this year, but don’t count them out! Search for Veterans Day events in your area and get friends and family involved too.
Veterans selflessly serve this country and that should not be taken for granted. We challenge you to pick one or more of these ideas and honor veterans throughout the year, not just on November 11th.