7 Ways to Show Your Appreciation this Veterans Day
Chances are, you know or interact regularly with someone who is a veteran. If they are willing to talk to you about their service, you’ll likely learn a lot about this person you would not have known before. Some questions to get started are: What did you do in the military? How long did you serve? What was your favorite moment in all your time in the service? Did anyone else in your family serve? Why did you choose to go into the service branch you did?
In the event that he or she is unwilling to share their experience, remember to be supportive and not intrusive about their service. They will appreciate the thoughtfulness behind you asking and will be grateful for your patience and understanding. Sometimes you don’t have to say anything, just listen and give them your full attention.
If nothing else, invite them to dinner, to go bowling or some other shared activity. There is nothing better than shared quality time among good company!
Take the time to learn about what kind of sacrifices military members and their families make every day to protect our country and its citizens. Read books about veterans to your kids, visit memorials and museums dedicated to the sacrifice of US Servicemen, or invite veterans to speak at schools or community events. Sometimes just having and spreading awareness of the selfless choice veterans made can be a great show of appreciation.
If nothing else, do not confuse Veterans and Memorial Day. Confusing the two or combining the two diminishes the importance of both, and especially because most Veterans have close friends and loved ones who are honored on Memorial Day – this can be very upsetting for them. In case you aren’t aware of the difference: Veterans Day is a time to thank servicemen and servicewomen who are currently serving or have served and are still here to be honored. Memorial Day is to reflect and remember those who lost their lives in service to this country.