Thoughtful Ways To Celebrate
November 11th is the anniversary of Armistice Day; the date World War I ended. It's also the day we celebrate the veterans in our country. This date of celebration was established in 1938 and we still celebrate it 78 years later. We know the "when" in celebrating, but do we know the "how"? Whether you have family, friends, neighbors or just want to celebrate the service of all American veterans, check out these ideas and inspirations to honor the soldiers around you.
Family Crafts For Kids
Get the kids involved honoring your veterans by partaking in a patriotic craft. Cut a hole from the center of a paper plate and glue red, white and blue stars to the paper plate ring. The finished wreath can be hung from your front door. Or paint a foam cup and hang streamers from the lip to create a festive windsock to hang outdoors. While they're busy with their crafts, use the time to explain to your kids why we celebrate Veterans Day and a little bit about its basic history.
Honor Your Friends
Honor your friends who have served by giving them a gift. There are many Veteran's Day gift ideas to pick from, but make sure you express your thanks of their service when delivering the gift. Cook a special meal or organize a meal service with other friends to treat your veteran friend to a meal each night of the week. Do you know of a friend who was just been deployed? Honor him or her by helping their family. Meal Train is a site that assists in setting up meal trains for several situations, military deployment being one of them. Through this site, family and friends can sign up for a day and meal to ensure the family gets a hearty, homecooked meal each day.
A small act of kindness to show how much your neighbor's service means to you can go a long way. If you notice a veteran neighbor's lawn is riddled with leaves, consider raking and bagging the leaves for them. If they aren't at home, leave a note decorated with patriotic flair to explain the random act of kindness and thank them for their service.
Service In Society
You can also volunteer at a veterans' hospital and visit with the elderly or injured. While you are there, they will likely share interesting stories with you that will not only brighten their day, but give you a glimpse into a history with which you may not be familiar. For more information on your local VA and how you can volunteer, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs site.
There are several holidays that justify flying your American flag high and proud. Veterans Day is one of these special holidays. Support your veterans by displaying your flag outside your home so that all who pass can remember who we are celebrating this day.
Many establishments offer discounts or freebies for veterans on this holiday. While you may not be able to partake in the freebie, consider supporting that business for the gift they are bestowing on those who can partake.
As the day winds down, while you're reading a chapter of a good book or listening to the Bible on tape, take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices veterans make for our freedom. Our thanks doesn't always seem like enough, but even the smallest gesture can mean so much. Along with all of you, The Lakeside Collection thanks our veterans for the service they've provided and the sacrifices they continue to make.