On November 11th, 1918, the First World War came to a conclusion at 11:11 AM. The occasion would be remembered as Armistice Day for many years. In 1971, it was changed to Veterans Day. November 11th is our country’s chance to express our thanks to our veterans, and recognize their service to our country. Despite being an annual tradition, many people are still looking for ways to properly celebrate the day. Through our extensive work with veterans, we at Patriot Angels have found several ways to recognize Veterans Day.
Recognize Their Service At Work
There are veterans of all ages and walks of life working in a variety of fields and industries in the United States. Take a moment to highlight their service at work, and display the values and assets they bring to your company. It can help some veterans feel like they’re part of a larger community and may offer other employees a way to connect with their veteran co-workers.
Treat The Day As One Of Service
In every community, there are veterans in need of support in some way. Offer to volunteer at your local VA clinic or hospital. You can head down to the local VFW or American Legion hall and see how you can help. They might have a special event going on that day, and could use an extra pair of hands. Many communities have a local veterans memorial. Connect with the group that maintains that memorial, and ask if you can help maintain it with yard work, gardening, or cleaning projects.
Put Together Care Packages
Veterans Day is not only for those who have served but also for those who continue to serve. There are troops stationed overseas and on the front lines who could use a kind gesture from home to keep their spirits up. Include activities for them to enjoy while they have some downtime. That might include movies, books, or board games. You can also include personal items, like extra socks, deodorant, toothpaste, and chapstick that are always in high demand. It’s never a bad idea to include a taste of home, and pack a few fun treats in your care package like candies, drink powders, hot sauce packets, and beef jerky.
Share Their Story
Many veterans served with pride, and hold their service as a highlight in their life. That said, many are unsure of how to share their story with others. Take the time to ask a loved one or even a friend who served, and ask to record their stories about their service. Conducting an oral history interview to record their service gives you the opportunity to share their stories as part of the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project. These stories are saved for perpetuity and act as a valuable resource for researchers and historians.
Treat Them To A Favorite Meal Or Treat
Not every veteran will want to spend all of their focus on the day. In these cases, a small gesture, like taking them out for a meal or fun dessert, might be the perfect way to mark the occasion without overemphasizing it. This gives your veteran a chance to connect with those he cares about, which for many is more important than recognizing their service.
Make A Donation
You can make a monetary donation to a variety of veteran-related organizations. These funds can be used in outreach and support programs for both veterans and active duty service members. Try to support one that is local to your community, or has a reputation for giving back most of its donations to veterans’ causes. A quick internet search into the work of your preferred organization can show whether they successfully carry out their mission or not.
In recognizing your veteran’s service, take a moment to recognize that they may not be able to care for themselves as they once did. If you or a loved one is in need of long-term medical care and served, they may be eligible to collect the VA Aid and Attendance Pension. You can find out more about the pension, and what it can be used for through our website. Contact Patriot Angels today to find out more.