Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, pays tribute to all who have served our country, separated, retired, and current servicemembers. After speaking with veterans, MOAA compiled a few ways for you and your family to thank fellow servicemembers:
- Visit a Veterans Home
Spend time with veterans this holiday season at a local Veterans Care Facility. Share stories, learn about their experiences, and maybe even bring a few holiday treats for them. If your local office already does this, consider bringing your family to volunteer during the holiday season.
- Complete a Race
One great way to show your support is to give part of your weekend and run a 5k, 10k, or even a marathon. Many of these events also donate to local veterans’ organizations. These organizations provide a support network for those with PTSD, personal trainers for wounded veterans, and school supplies for student veterans.
- Attend a Veterans Day Ceremony or Parade
Many national cemeteries hold Veterans Day ceremonies in remembrance of veterans who have passed. The events usually include a wreath laying, recognition of service, and a performance by a military band. Many local communities also organize local parades that recognize veterans for their outstanding service and are a fun event to attend with the whole family. Check your local news for this weekend’s ceremonies and parade events.
- Share a Meal and Spend Some Time
If you have any neighbors or friends who are veterans, invite them over for dinner or take them out to lunch. You can spend time listening to their experience in the military, and don’t forget to thank them for their service.
If you are a veteran, many stores and restaurants across the U.S. want to thank you for your service. Additionally, many National Parks and Museums offer free admission to their attractions. Check them out this week!
Katie Lathrop is the Digital Content Specialist at MOAA and the daughter of a currently serving Army Officer. Follow her on twitter @Katie.F.Lathrop.