On Veterans Day we can all come together and show our appreciation for members of the military. Not only for those actively serving, but for those who have served in the past. It can be hard to find ways that we can show appreciation for members of the military family, but we’ve put together some ways for you to consider. “Thank you for your service” is often said to honor these veterans. Here are a few suggestions that you might be able to use to honor those who have sacrificed so much for us.
Its very likely that there is an event happening in your area. One of the best and most simple ways to show your appreciation is to simply show up in support. Go to a parade, or a service for Veterans and just by being there you can show those around you your appreciation. Roy Rogers, a decorated veteran says ” We can’t all be heroes; someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.”
ASK SOMEONE ABOUT THEIR SERVICE:
Odds are, you know someone who has served or you have come in contact with someone who has. Another easy way to show appreciation is to ask about their service. Some good questions that you can ask someone are “What did you do in the military” or “what was your favorite moment in all your time in the service”. However, it is vey important to keep the questions appropriate.
There are many organizations out there who use donations to help veterans in need. They offer a huge amount of support, service, and appreciation to all veterans throughout the country. Some of those organizations are Paralyzed Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, a local non-profit veterans organization, and a local veterans shelter. These organizations take your donations and use them to provide all kinds of support from job placement to rehabilitation programs, to food and shelter.
DON’T CONFUSE VETERANS DAY WITH MEMORIAL DAY:
There is quite a big difference between Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day. It is important that you are able to distinguish the difference between the two as it could make both seem less important. On Veteran’s Day we celebrate and thank those who are currently serving in the military as well as those who have served in the past who are still living. Memorial day is a time to reflect and remember those who lost their lives.
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