From making cards for our retired servicemen to taking in a Veterans Day parade, give your child the gift of learning to respect our nation’s heroes.
Teach your child the significance of our nation’s veterans
Before November 11 rolls around this year, take some time to share the significance of this day to your children. Even if you don’t have veterans in your life, it’s important that your child understands the sacrifice that military personnel make for the people in our country.
For younger children, remember that the concept of a veteran and the military may be hard to grasp. Keep it simple by telling your younger children that it’s important to thank the men and women who have dedicated themselves to keeping our country safe.
Attend a Veterans Day parade or celebration
Check your community’s activities listings for events and parades surrounding Veterans Day. Many cities go all out with elaborate parades and celebrations that include fun for kids.
If you’re not up for a crowded celebration, plan a kids’ parade around your neighborhood. Don’t forget to invite local veterans from the community as well as family and friends.
Visit a veteran
If you have someone special in your life that served in the military, be sure to honor him or her on this day. Invite your child to make a small gift such as a card or a homemade craft (perhaps a hand-colored American flag) or hand-drawn picture of your child and the special veteran.
Host a special dinner party or an intimate gathering in honor of the special veterans in your life. Allow your kids to help you plan the menu, do the party shopping (don’t forget lots of American flags and red, white and blue decor!) and make the food.
If you don’t know any veterans personally, visit a local Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital or community. Bring cookies, cards or take a few minutes to personally thank the veterans for their service. If you have older children, call a VA organization to find out about volunteering opportunities. Make this a family tradition.
Don your colors
Teaching your child to honor a veteran goes hand in hand with pride in our country — another important value to teach your child. This November 11, ask your child to help you put out an American flag at your home, wear red, white and blue or put a ‘Proud to be an American’ bumper sticker on your car. Remember that veterans and servicemen and women deserve our respect not just on Veterans Day but every day.