Understand What Veterans Day Is About
Don’t confuse Veterans Day (November 11) and Memorial Day (the last Monday in May). They’re both important national holidays that commemorate our military, but they honor different things: Veterans Day pays respect to all those men and women who have served; Memorial Day reveres those who gave their lives in service.
Attend a Parade or Event Honoring Veterans
Stand up and applaud when your local veterans march by! Find a Veterans Day parade near you at military.com.
Fly the Flag
Of course you can (and should!) display the flag any day of the year, but it’s especially moving to fly Old Glory on observances such as Independence Day and Veterans Day. Here’s how to do it correctly.
Even if you only have a few hours to give, many organizations will welcome your help. Lay holiday wreaths at national cemeteries with Wreaths Across America; run errands or do yard work for a veteran in your community through DAV; or volunteer at a VA hospital.
Wear a Red Poppy
First created by the American Legion Auxiliary at the end of WWI, red crepe paper poppies are made by veterans to raise funds that benefit disabled and hospitalized veterans. They’re sold around Memorial Day and Veterans Day, or you can purchase them at alaforveterans.org and hand them out yourself.
Talk to Your Kids
Show your kids family photos and military memorabilia such as old uniforms, medals, or a folded flag from a military funeral. Explain the significance of these items and what being a veteran means.
Find a veterans’ organization where you can give at va.gov.
Support Those Still Serving
Send a note or care package to active duty members of our military at anysoldier.com. Send your old cell phone to be recycled into calling cards for deployed military members at Cell Phones for Soldiers. Or send a message of support to those in uniform through the USO’s Be the Force Behind the Forces.
Just say “thank you for your service.”
It’s that simple.
SOURCE: Country Living, by ARRICCA ELIN SANSONE