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Veterans are among our nation’s heroes. They proved their loyalty by selflessly serving in the military and fighting to preserve our freedoms. On November 11 each year, our nation pauses to recognize the service and sacrifice of our veterans. Whether they are part of what has been dubbed the Greatest Generation or fought in Vietnam, it’s important to show them we remember and appreciate their service.
This Veterans Day, you can use these ideas to honor your veterans.
Celebrating Veterans Day: 5 Ways to Honor Those Who Served
1. Wear red, white, and blue.
One way to raise awareness on Veterans Day is by donning the colors of the American flag: red, white, and blue. The flag is the symbol of the freedom veterans worked so hard to defend.
Poppies serve as a symbol of Veterans Day, too. This dates back to the first observance of Veterans Day, known as Armistice Day, in 1919. It was chosen in honor of the poppies that bloomed on battlefields during World War I. VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) organizations across the country sell poppies to raise money for their various causes.
2. Volunteer your time or money.
There are a variety of veterans’ organizations across the country that could use your support. You can help by donating your time or money.
Veterans’ organizations serve the unique needs of those who have sacrificed and served. Here are a few you might want to consider:
Other organizations that have a significant number of senior veterans in their client base include the following:
3. Plan an intergenerational gathering.
If your family has an older veteran, Veterans Day can be a great occasion to plan an intergenerational celebration. Art projects, baking, puzzles, and scrapbooking are all fun and meaningful ways to enjoy bonding time across the generations.
Another idea is to learn more about Victory Gardens and the role they played in America’s wartime efforts. Depending on what part of the country you live in, you might even want to plant a container Victory Garden together.
4. Pick up the tab at lunch.
You’ve probably noticed local restaurants offering discounts and promotions for military members on Veterans Day. Talk to the manager at your favorite local restaurant to see what their plans for the day are, and offer to help buy lunch for a veteran or two on Veterans Day.
5. Write a letter to the editor.
Most local newspapers welcome letters to the editor for their public opinion pages. In honor of Veterans Day, you could write your own letter of appreciation for those who served and send it to your local paper. Check their website to learn more about the submission and publishing process.
When a Veteran Needs Senior Care
If an older veteran you know needs assistance paying for senior care, don’t overlook the Aid and Attendance benefit. Veterans and their surviving spouse may qualify for additional financial support through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.