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How to Celebrate Veterans Day

flag-1070437_960_72033Held annually on November 11, Veterans Day is a federally recognized holiday that observes and honors our nation’s military veterans. And with November 11 less than a month away, there’s no better time than the present to plan your events and activities. So, what’s the best way to honor veterans on Veterans Day? Keep reading for some helpful tips and ideas.

Attend Veterans Day National Ceremony

There are countless events on Veterans Day, although one of the most notable is the National Ceremony. Commencing at 11:00 AM sharp, it begins with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns, followed by a parade of colors by several well-recognized veterans organizations. The Veterans Day National Ceremony has become synonymous with this special day and is intended to honor all military veterans.

Support Veteran-Owned Business

Another way to celebrate Veterans Day is to support veteran-owned businesses. Try searching on http://www.buyveteran.com/ to find veteran-owned businesses in your area. Purchasing a product or service through them helps to support veterans and their families.

Join the Veterans Day National Committee

If you really want to show your appreciation to our nation’s military veterans, perhaps you should join the Veterans Day National Committee. Organizations which participate in the committee play a key role in celebrating this national holiday. As such, they are often tasked with organizing events and activities on Veterans Day.

For more information on how to join the Veterans Day National Committee, visit http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vdnc.asp.

Visit a Retirement Home

You can this all days of the year, but visiting a retirement home is particularly meaningful and relevant on Veterans Day. Most retirement homes have at least some veterans, so make it a point to visit them. You can even bring home-cooked dishes and gifts to show your appreciation. It’s the little things like this that can make a veteran’s day.

Say ‘Thanks’

Another easy way to celebrate this special day is to tell a veteran thanks. That one word can make a world of difference in their perspective, as it shows them their sacrifices weren’t in vain. Whether you see a veteran at the coffee shop, store or walking down the street, stop and say thanks on Veterans Day. Trust me, veterans appreciate this otherwise simple gesture.

Offer Discounts to Veterans

Of course, if you’re a small business owner, perhaps you can offer a special discount to military veterans. Whether it’s a buy-one-get-one-free deal or a 10% off purchase, discounts such as these are appreciated.

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