Regardless of your age, there are many great ways to honor veterans. After all, they are the men and women who have sacrificed their lives to give us the freedoms that we enjoy like the freedom to worship, the freedom to assemble and the freedom of speech. Here are some ways that you might want to consider honoring a veteran.
Make Veterans a Treat
There are many patriotic treats that you may want to consider making. You may want to make some sugar cookies and frost them with red, white and blue frosting. A patriotic flag cake is a fun idea, and you can use strawberries to make the red stripes and blueberries to create the star field. If you are not a cook, then consider buying a veteran a meal at your favorite restaurant. If you do not know any veterans, then call your local veteran organizations and ask them for suggestions.
Record Veteran Stories
Whether you tape record an interview or capture a video, take time to record the story of a veteran. Most have amazing stories to tell of the time they served overseas and how it shaped the rest of their lives. Ask permission to share these recordings with the veteran’s family who may treasure them for eternity.
Set Up a Game Night
Many veterans enjoy getting together, but as they get older, it can be a hassle for them to organize events. Organizing a game night can be a fun activity that everyone will enjoy. Consider creating a poker night with all your favorite treats or be the caller for a special game of Bingo. If you find veterans that no longer drive, then make sure that they have a way to your game night and back home. If you do not know that many veterans, consider contacting a nursing home as there are usually several veterans living there.
Buy a Present
While it probably should not be that way, 12 percent of veterans in America are homeless. Contact your local homeless shelter who can often help you make contact with one or more of these individuals. Create a goodie bag containing personal hygiene items, candy and a pair of socks, and give it to the veteran. Chances are that you will feel greatly blessed. When possible, see about finding a more long-term solution to get the veteran out of homelessness like helping them obtain housing and a job.
Veterans gave their all to defend your rights. Use these ideas and your own ingenuity to give a little back to them. Let’s take a moment to show our love and gratitude for the veterans and always remember what was sacrificed for us and our freedoms.