Memorial Day: 10 Ways To Show Your Gratitude

Our soldiers and veterans have sacrificed greatly for our country.  While we should always show our gratitude for their service, Memorial Day is a great time to do something a little extra special for our brave and faithful soldiers.

1.  Reach out to a military family in your community  

Invite them over for dinner or bring them a meal.  Something as simple as running an errand, taking a walk with them, or watching children for a few hours can mean so much to a family who has a deployed spouse.

2.  Visit an older or wounded veteran

A happy visit can brighten a day and help a veteran to know they are not forgotten.  Contact your local nursing home or VA hospital for guidance on who you may visit.  Need some inspiration?  The Walter Reed National Military Center provides plenty of creative ideas on their Facebook page.

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3.  Make patriotic cookies

A thoughtful treat and a heartfelt “Thank You” goes a long way.  You can pick a local veteran or speak to your local nursing home about passing them out to the veterans in their care.

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4.  Offer to do yard work or home repairs

Having a spouse or parent deployed overseas is stressful for families.  If the children are young, this time can be especially difficult for the parent at home.  Mowing their lawn, repainting a fence, helping out with home maintenance, or planting flowers will not only help the family tremendously, but can also give the deployed solider peace of mind that their family is being cared for.

5.  Volunteer to place flags on grave sites

Contact your local American Legion or VFW organization to volunteer your time.

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6.  Send a letter

AMillionThanks.org will help match you with a soldier.  Even a gesture as simple as a letter expressing your gratitude and support can brighten a soldier’s day.

7.  Grant a wish

WoundedSoldiersWish.org gives you the opportunity to help grant the wish of a wounded soldier.

8.  Fund a scholar

The Armed Forces Children’s Education Fund is a non-profit corporation that financially assists the educational needs of the surviving children of the U.S. Military men and women who lost their lives.

9.  Adopt a soldier

Why only show your gratitude on Memorial Day?  Adopt a soldier and show your support during his or her deployment.  SoldiersAngels.org will match you up with a soldier that would love your support.

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10.  Never Forget

We often view Memorial Day Weekend as a kick-off to our summer.  Beach trips, camping, and backyard barbeques will soon fill our warm summer days.  However, the real reason behind this holiday weekend is to honor, remember, and show gratitude to America’s fallen heroes.  We must never allow ourselves to forget!

Win an Archadeck Cooler!

This weekend is going to be beautiful – perfect for grilling. Post a picture of your grilled dinner on our Facebook page and you could win a new Archadeck cooler!  Hurry, have your picture in by Thursday, April 3, 2014!

 

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Chicagoland Event Calendar: February – March

Are you experiencing a little cabin fever during this cold, cold Chicago winter?  Chicagoland is always full of new and exciting things to get you out of the house and keep you busy.  Check out our event calendar for local shows, events, and fundraisers.  Enjoy the winter activities while you can, Spring will be here before you know it!

Chicago Event Calendar

Macbeth Chicago – Lincoln Park Feb 14 – Mar 2
Blue Man Group Chicago – Lake View Feb 14 – Ongoing
Phantom of The Opera Chicago – The Loop Feb 14 – Mar 2
Trapped in a Room With a Zombie Chicago Feb 14 – Ongoing
Aquatic Show Chicago Feb 14 – Ongoing
Indoor Farmer & Artisan Food Market Evanston Feb 15 – Apr 26
Late Nite Catechism Chicago – Lincoln Park Feb 15 – Ongoing
Chicago’s Original Brewery Tour Chicago – Lincoln Park Feb 15 – Ongoing
Chef Fest Oak Brook Terrace Feb 20
Daddy Daughter Dance Plainfield Feb 21
Girls Nite Out Elmhurst Feb 21
Mighty Con Comic Book Show DuPage County Fairgrounds Feb 22
Wedding Expo West Chicago Feb 23
The Rocky Horror Picture Show St. Charles Feb 28
Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli Naperville Feb 28
Breaking Free – Kinetic Dance Company Naperville Mar 1
An Evening w/the Stars Oscar Night Gala Benefiting Autism Speaks Rosemont Mar 2
First Friday Gallery Night Crystal Lake Mar 7
Pink Droyd:  A Tribute to Pink Floyd Crystal Lake Mar 8
Healthy Children Conference & Expo Rosemont Mar 8 – Mar 9
Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade Elmhurst Mar 8
Handmade Market Chicago Chicago – Ukranian Village Mar 8 – Apr 12
Reptile Rampage Lake Forest Mar 9
Imagine Dragons Allstate Arena Mar 13
New Shanghai Circus Crystal Lake Mar 14
Comedian Bill Bellamy Schaumburg Mar 20 – Mar 23
Northwest Celtic Fest Hoffman Estates Mar 22
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Glen Ellyn Mar 22
Chicago Beer Festival Chicago – West Loop Mar 22
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live Chicago – Gold Coast Mar 26 – Mar 30
Bill Cosby Naperville Mar 29