With November 11th just two days away, it’s time to start thinking about how you will celebrate and honour all of those veterans that have served and sacrificed their lives for our country. Of course, Veterans Day ceremonies and parades are staples of the day's events, but there are a few other ways we’ve come up with to honour the men and women that have fought and continue to fight. Make this Veterans Day extra special with some of the activities listed below, suitable for all ages.
1. Prepare a Care Package
Preparing a care package is a great way to show your gratitude to a soldier overseas. Sending over a favourite food item from home, or a popular movie or sports magazine can make a soldier’s day! There are a variety of items you can send from health products to entertainment. Just be sure to pack things tightly and in ziploc bags. Also consider what supplies the soldier might have access to. For example, it’s best to send non-perishable goods that are easily opened and made, in case they are in a place with limited access to a microwave, fridge, or can opener. Think of what you would take on a camping trip, and apply the same rules here! Granola bars, crackers, beef jerky, and instant coffee are all great options that are light and will hold up in transit. Check out Veterans United 50 Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Sending a Great Care Package. If you don’t know a soldier personally but would like to send a care package overseas, contact a local veterans organization, or visit a national organization online such as Operation Gratitude.
2. Write A Letter to A Soldier Overseas
Though this may have been something only young children did in school, it really is an activity for all ages. Whether a letter is written by a first grader or a senior in high school, it will be appreciated just the same. Plus, it’s super easy to do! Simply pick up a pen and a piece of paper, and you're on your way! Expressing your gratitude for their service is a great start, but maybe describe what Veterans Day means to you, and all of the ways you’ve celebrated it this year. A Million Thanks and Operation Gratitude are two organizations that will match you with someone in the U.S. Armed Forces so you can send them a letter.
3. Teach A Younger Sibling, Friend, or Child About the Meaning of Veterans Day
Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, or an upper year student, there is no better way to celebrate Veterans Day than to teach someone else about the importance of it. Take this opportunity to educate someone younger than you about what Veterans Day means, how it originated, and what the best ways to celebrate it are. Remember, whether you know a veteran personally or not, all of our lives have been affected by veterans. If you’re speaking with someone particularly young, below are a few resources to teach them the basics of Veterans Day.