Tomorrow is Veteran's Day. I'd like to take a little time today to think about our veterans and their families... what they have sacrificed for us, what they have given us, and how we can best show them our appreciation. My father is a Korean era veteran. He was in the Air Force and he was an airplane mechanic. Most of the stories he told me growing up were of hijinks from during basic training. I heard about the guy who slept so soundly that they moved his entire bed out onto the parade grounds during the night and that's where he woke up the next morning... among other pranks. Two of my uncles served in the Navy during the Korean War. My maternal grandfather couldn't pass the physical for WWII, so he supervised my grandmother and her team of "Rosie the Riveters" who built the planes. We have many friends who have served in the armed forces. We truly respect and are grateful for everything these fine men and women have done in the line of duty. Their families have also sacrificed... constant moves... dealing with long deployments... the never-ending worries. Military.com has an article detailing 4 ways to show your appreciation for military service members and their families:
Dear civilians, here are some of our top military appreciation ideas: Skip the sympathy — give gratitude. Military members don’t want you to feel sorry for them. We chose this life and we are happy to serve. So instead of saying “I’m sorry,” say “Thank you!” Encouraging words make us beam with pride. If your business offers a discount, publicize it. Even though we aren’t looking for handouts, we understand that many businesses want to say “thank you” by giving us a percentage off our purchase. That’s fabulous – thank you! If it’s a secret discount, however, that only some military members know about it feels more like an advertising gimmick than anything else. Why not let all your clientele know that you appreciate the military? Consider posting a sign. Not only will you be spreading the appreciation love, but more military members will have a chance to find out about the discount and use it. Hey Hollywood! How about a good story once in awhile? Instead of making movies and producing shows that make us look pitiful, why not produce more movies like “Act of Valor” that make our jobs look really, really cool? Give a military spouse a hand. Know any deployed military families? Think about doing something nice for the spouse of a deployed servicemember. An offer to babysit, mow that insanely out of control lawn, drop off a meal or pick a child up from school one afternoon so his exhausted mom can take a nap would all be very appreciated. Little gestures of kindness say “thank you” in big ways.
Thank you! I don't dare list you by name... even just in our little town of 900 people we have so many who have served that I know I would forget to list someone. But to each and every one of you... Thank you.Your Turn... Journal It!
Who in your life has served in the military? In what ways has your life been enriched by either a service member or a family member of someone who has served/is serving? What ideas do you have for ways to say "Thank You" to them tomorrow? Do you have a family member who served that you are grateful to have home, safe and secure? One still serving that you worry and pray for? Someone you have lost, who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation? BONUS: Veteran's Day Worksheets and Activities for Kids Don't miss any of the Gratitude Project 2013 posts:
- Day 1 – Gratitude is Good For You!
- Day 2 – Be Grateful For Nature
- Day 3 – Be Grateful For Your Memories
- Day 4 – Be Grateful for Hardships
- Day 5 – Be Grateful for Your Vulnerability
- Day 6 – Be Grateful for Music
- Day 7 – Show Your Appreciation!
- Day 8 – Be Grateful for Children
- Day 9 – Grateful for My Husband
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