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.
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.
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.
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.
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!