On Saturday, November 11, Americans will observe Veterans Day. This public holiday is meant to honor military veterans who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

Veterans Day is a time when we stop and honor the veterans who have fought and sacrificed for our nation’s freedoms.

There are a few small things you can do to honor the veterans in your local community.

Say Thank You

It’s a simple act, but saying thanks can mean the world to someone who’s given so much for your freedom. Some veterans never hear the words “thank you,” and this Veterans Day (as well as any other day of the year) would be the perfect time to change that.

Photo: Military.com

Send a Care Package

If you’ve ever been far from home and received a care package, you know how much it can mean to know that someone thought of you and sent a gift. Giving a few simple items doesn’t have to cost much, but it can make a world of difference to someone sacrificing to keep our country safe. A multitude of organizations send care packages to active duty and veteran service members. Operation Gratitude has sent nearly 2 million care packages to date. Check out their website, or find a similar organization online, to take part in a gesture of thanksgiving.

Photo: Operation Gratitude

 

Take Time to Listen

One of the kindest things you can do for a veteran is to share your time with them. Play a board game, watch a movie, or read out loud with the veterans at your local senior center. If they’re willing to share, take the time to listen to their stories. You might learn a piece of first-hand history from someone who was there.

 

Photo: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Fly a Flag

The American flag represents the liberties, traditions, and history unique to our country. Our veterans have graciously given so much of their lives to protect our nation’s flag. Veterans Day is a great opportunity to recognize those sacrifices. If you choose to fly the flag, be sure to observe the proper rules for display. Not sure exactly what those are? Check out Military.com’s guide to the flag and raise it proudly.

 

Photo: The Home Depot Garden Club

Small actions don’t have to take a lot of time or money, but they can mean the world to those who have served. This Veterans Day, and throughout the year, take the time to show your gratitude to a veteran who has sacrificed for our freedoms.

From Bridge to Wellbeing to our nation’s veterans: Thank you for your service!

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