When it comes to honoring veterans, we can all play a role. Many children are not taught to honor veterans, and it means a lot to veterans when children show their appreciation. Here are a few ways that you and your children can work together to honor veterans:
- Teach your children about the history of Veteran’s Day.
While your kids might see the words “Veteran’s Day” on their calendar, this doesn’t mean they know about the history behind it. Take this opportunity to teach them the significance of this day. In your research, you’ll probably learn a few things you didn’t know as well, thus giving your entire family a greater appreciation for veterans and the sacrifices they have made.
2) Interview a veteran.
Whether it’s a family member, a friend from your local church or a neighbor, chances are you know a veteran. Ask this person to share his or her story with you and your children. It’s a good idea to videotape it so you can remember everything they say and watch the video later. Here are a few good questions to ask:
- Can you share some of your most memorable experiences?
- What branch of service were you in and what kind of work if you perform?
- What was one of the hardest challenges you faced?
- What was it like to come home?
3) Write a letter to a service person.
A great way to show service people you care is to tell them through heartfelt letters from you and your children. Those who are serving love to know that there are people of think about them and care what they’re doing. Find a program such as Operation Gratitude and send a letter to a service person. You could make the person’s week.
4) Contact your local VA organization and ask if there is any way your family can help out.
Community service is always a rewarding activity, and when you get our children involved you instill in them a value for service. By helping out at a local VA hospital or VA organization, your children can learn more about the importance of helping our country’s veterans. Volunteering there could even become a regular occurrence.
5) Have your children draw a picture for Veteran’s Day.
If you have children who like to draw, tell them to draw a picture of what Veteran’s Day means to them. This is an especially good exercise if your children know someone in the military. If so, your children can draw a picture of that person.
6) Attend a local Veteran’s Day parade or ceremony.
Attending a parade or ceremony can show your children the emotional significance of Veterans Day and the number of people who are affected by it. You can even make posters with your children to take with you to show the veterans you are thankful for their service. If you get a chance, that the time to introduce yourself and your children to the veterans after the event.
The many veterans in our country could always use some more appreciation. When you and your children help veterans, you are contributing to the well-being of the veteran community while also teaching your children to respect veterans.