Veterans Day, November 11, is a special day to recognize and honor those who have served in the U.S. military. For aging veterans, this special day is an important time to reflect on their years of service and receive recognitions for their contributions to our great nation. Whether you wish to take some time this Veterans Day to honor the veterans around you, or you are a veteran yourself, here are some meaningful ways to observe the holiday.
Attend Local Celebrations
If the weather is cooperating, get outside and celebrate the veterans in your local community. You can pay respects by visiting the grave of a veteran or by attending a Veterans Day parade in your town. Hang an American flag outside of your window or
door and wear your most patriotic red, white and blue to display your appreciation.
Participate in a Veterans Day Luncheon
If you or your loved one resides in a senior living community, check the community calendar for scheduled ceremonies or lunches that honor seniors who served in the military. Whether your loved one is a veteran or not, attending a ceremony or special event is a great way to recognize and thank those who have served our country.
Donate to a Veteran’s Fund
For seniors who are unable to attend a special Veterans Day event this year, consider donating to a charity as a meaningful way to honor the day instead. There are many organizations dedicated to serving the veteran population. One reputable organization, The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), supports veterans who have been injured during their time of service. WWP provides free programs
and services to address the unique needs of wounded veterans and their families.
Prepare Care Packages
Want to honor veterans in a tangible way? Work with an organization such as Operation Gratitude to prepare care packages that are sent overseas to deployed troops. Gather useful items, like toiletries, books, non-perishable snacks and playing cards as an easy and practical way to show military men and women that they are appreciated by friends and family back home.
Chat With a Veteran
One of the best ways to honor a veteran is to simply talk to them about their years of service. Older veterans are proud to have served their country and are grateful for the opportunity to share their memories. To help prompt their recollections, ask the following questions:
- What motivated you to join the military?
- What are you most proud of about your time in the service?
- How long did you serve?
- Where did you travel while in the service?
However you choose to celebrate Veterans Day this year, we encourage you to make time to support the veterans who have done so much for our country, including our beloved Country Place Senior Living residents. From all of us at Country Place Senior Living, happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service!