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Six ways to celebrate veterans

Students at Lakeview Elementary decorated the school to celebrate veterans for Veterans Day in 2021. Stars and stripes adorned the windows to show support for those who have served. Credit: VFW Post 5470 – Whitewater

Every year on November 11, banks, post offices, other federal buildings, and some schools close to honor those who have served. But how can you observe Veterans Day? This year, there are over 18.5 million veterans in the United States. Chances are you know one veteran, perhaps a family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor. Even if you don’t have a veteran in your life, you can still celebrate veterans everywhere. 

Simply give appreciation to a veteran. A simple “I appreciate you and your service” can show your respect and gratitude. You can thank the veterans in your life, and veterans you see in the community. Writing an appreciation note or letter is a great way to connect if you can’t thank them in person. 

Another way to celebrate is to support veteran-owned businesses. You can contact the Chamber of Commerce for help finding veteran businesses, or you can find many online. Often, part of the proceeds will go to supporting veterans and organizations for veterans. 

Volunteer to help veterans. Contact a local VA hospital, VFW, or veteran organization to see if there are volunteer opportunities. Striking up a conversation and keeping someone company can brighten their day. You could bring a board game to play together, too. You could also volunteer to help at an event for veterans, for example, a fundraiser for the local VFW. 

Attend a Veterans Day ceremony, parade, or service. Attending a community event is a great way to meet veterans and thank them for their service. There may be other ways to support veterans at these events, too. 

You can also donate to veteran organizations that support local veterans, like the VFW or American Legion. There are also national veteran organizations you can support, like the Wounded Warrior Project or Disabled American Veterans. 

Wear a red poppy to show your support. The American Legion gives out red poppies on Memorial Day and Veterans Day across the country. The poppies are handmade by veterans and donations received for the poppies go directly to help disabled and hospitalized veterans. You can contact a local American Legion office to obtain a poppy to wear. 

It’s important to celebrate veterans everywhere and appreciate the sacrifices they made to protect freedom, the country and its people. Even a small gesture can show your support to veterans everywhere. Happy belated Veterans Day to all veterans, thank you for your service.

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