Monday, November 11, is Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada. In the U.S. it’s a day to thank active duty military and returned veterans for the sacrifices they’ve made to make their country safer. In Canada it’s a day to commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Whichever country you live in, here are some simple, meaningful ways to celebrate and remember.
Thank a veteran. On November 11 especially, but every day, when you encounter a veteran extend a simple word of gratitude or small act of kindness to show how much their service means to you. “Thank you” might be two small words, but they can mean the world to a vet.
Reach out to those who have served by visiting a veterans’ hospital or care facility. Chatting with elderly or injured veterans is a great way to brighten their day, plus you’re likely to hear some pretty fascinating stories about their time in the service.
Hundreds of commemorative ceremonies and events are taking place across Canada November 5-11 to commemorate Veterans’ week and Remembrance Day. Wear a red poppy in honor of all those who have served, attend a commemorative ceremony or parade, thank a veteran by sending a postcard for peace, or take the Veterans Affairs Canada’s remembrance challenge and create a mash up, virtual scrapbook or fan page to share with family and friends.
With the holidays coming up, it’s the perfect time to organize a care package party. Check out these tips and ideas for putting together a great party to assemble care packages for deployed troops. If you don’t know someone currently stationed overseas, contact a nearby base.
Celebrate through service. Show your gratitude to veterans on November 11 and throughout the year with a home-cooked meal, thank you note or day of volunteering. Check out this post from HandsOnBlog for more specific ideas.
Donate time and/or money to organizations that support veterans. The opportunities are limitless, and the need is constant. Contact organizations that support a variety of military causes like The American Legion, The Royal Canadian Legion, Veterans Affairs Canada, and the VFW as a starting point for your donation ideas or volunteerism.
UCT is grateful to all veterans for their service and sacrifice. Many of our local councils devote their time and resources to supporting programs and organizations for veterans, and our Veteran’s Council 2001 in Scottsdale, Arizona, focuses solely on helping vets. To find out more about UCT and how you might get involved, visit us today!