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11 TIPS FOR COMMEMORATING VETERANS DAY

Honor the true meaning of the holiday.

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This Veterans Day, honor the men and women who served, or are currently serving, this great nation. From events to volunteer opportunities, there’s a little something for everyone.

Here are 11 tips to make this Veterans Day one for the books:

  1. Attend a Community Event

    School assemblies. Parades. Church services. Find an event near you.

  2. Plan a Dinner Party of Gathering
    Take time to enjoy good company. If you have a veteran or service member on your guest list, be sure to thank them for their service.

  3. Display Your Flag
    Displaying your United States flag is a great way to show your gratitude and respect for those who’ve worn the uniform. Read flag etiquette tips.


  4. Send a Care Package
    Ask everyone at school or work to donate items for service members overseas. Show your appreciation by including a handwritten message in each package.

  5. Talk to Your Kids

    Teach your children about the importance of honoring our veterans. Click here for reading materials, fun activities and lesson plans.


  6. Visit a Museum

    Learn about past wars and the warriors behind them.

  7. Visit a Hospitalized or Homebound Veteran
    Don't forget about the many veterans who’ll spend the holiday recovering from war injuries or illness. Show them you haven’t forgotten their sacrifices. Learn more about volunteer opportunities.

  8. Spread the Word

    Show your social networks that you observe the true meaning of the holiday, and urge your friends and family to do the same. Click here for some ideas worth sharing.


  9. Just Listen

    Ask the veteran in your life to break out the old photo albums and share stories of their service. Sometimes simply listening is the best way to show you care.

  10. Read the Constitution
    Get a refresher course on the document at the heart of the United States. This is also a great opportunity to introduce the text to your kids.


  11. Say ‘Thank You’
    Show your appreciation by sending an eCard to the veteran in your life. Better yet, thank a veteran in person. A handshake and a simple ‘thanks’ go a long way.

 

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