Veteran’s Day isn’t just a holiday, a day off from school, or a day of sales at the mall. It's an opportunity to pause and pay tribute to all American veterans, living or dead, and the chance to thank living veterans who have served or are currently serving their country.
There are simple ways parents and children together can celebrate Veteran’s Day and take part in the holiday’s meaning.
1. Learn About the History of Veteran’s Day
Why is it celebrated on November 11? Did you know its original purpose? Parents can easily find answers their children might want to know.
2. Talk About Veterans in Your Own Family
Your children may not know someone who is currently or has recently served in the military. But chances are they have family members who served in previous wars. Talk to your kids about their relatives. Sketch a family tree of veterans to visually show how your family has been impacted.
3. Attend Veteran’s Day Ceremonies
Whether it's a large city parade or a small town hall ceremony, Veteran’s Day ceremonies offer public opportunities to pay tribute.
4. Participate in a Volunteer Activity on Veteran’s Day
Veteran’s Day is about giving. It’s a great opportunity to spend the day giving back to the community.
5. Check Out Your Local Library
Veteran’s Day-themed activities might be planned. The children’s librarian may be able to recommend kid-friendly books for Veteran’s Day.
6. Invite a Veteran to Speak to Your Local School
This is an easy event that teachers, room parents, or PTO members can organize. Ask parents or teachers if they know a veteran who would be willing to speak to students about their experiences.
7. Send Thank-You Notes and Care Packages to Soldiers
To a soldier who is serving overseas, far away from family, receiving mail means a lot. Operation Gratitude is a nonprofit organization that sends care packages on people’s behalf to military personnel deployed all over the world. Troops always say that the hand-written thank-you notes mean the most.
8. Have Your Child Talk to a Veteran
The Library of Congress has a list of great questions to help get the conversation started.