Ways To Remember Veterans Day In Houston
By ANDREA MIRANDA, CBS Houston November 8, 2011 8:00 AM
In honor of Veteran’s Day, here is a list of some of the ways you can show your appreciation and honor the men and women in service to our country.
- Wear a corsage or boutonniere made with red, white and blue flowers. (ie – roses, white carnations, and blue delphiniums)
- Attend Veteran’s Day ceremonies locally or at the Arlington National cemetary. The Veteran’s Day ceremony is observed at Arlington National Cemetary in Arlington, Virginia.
- Contribute to organizations that purchase and place wreaths at cemetaries with family and friends.
- Take a moment of silence at noon, on November 11, to honorably remember those who served and died.
- Contribute to a Veteran’s Day ceremony in your community.
- Thank a veteran for their efforts that contributed to peace and freedom.
- Use your social media resources to spread the word about Veterans’ Day.
- Create webpages or flyers that honor and memorialize servicemen and women.
- Place a Veteran’s Day thank you ad in your local newspapers, community newsletters or church flyers.
- Contribute and publish poems, prose, essays or various artworks that feature Veteran experiences on print and electronic media.
- Encourage educators, business communities, residences and community leaders to visibly support Veteran’s on their special day.
- Display examples of present and historical military art, U.S. propaganda, books and stories, poetry and music to school to show and talk about with your peers. Place these items on exhibit in a dedicated area for guests to visit, view and discuss.
- Put on a concert featuring music from the war-era. Dedicate the concerts to the veterans. Play the concerts in Veterans of Foreign War Halls, veteran communal living and assisted living homes, and other places where veterans are known to gather.
- Hold community readings for Veterans and interested citizens to share military-related literature and media.
Veteran’s Day is November 11, 2011 .
- Adopt a Veteran’s grave in your community. With the permission of the person’s family or the cemetery, visit and take care of the grave. You could maintain headstone and place flowers at the site.
- Invite members of the community to honor local Veterans. Allow veterans to be the focal point of your special gathering. Invite Veterans to tell their memories and explain their role in peace and in wartime.
- Research the veteran family members, friends or neighbours who served. Share that person’s story in your community and online. Describe how his or her life was affected by their service and talk about the challenges they faced after the war.
- Visit local nursing homes and hospitals to spend time with vterans.
- Invite someone to speak to your class about their work with a community support or volunteer organization during the war years.
- Learn how Veterans at home supported the war effort overseas. Interview a Veteran, relative, family friend, neighbour, war bride, nursing sister, factory worker or another person who was impacted by the war. Ask about his or her wartime experiences and how they contributed to the war effort. Prior to the interview, prepare a question list. Post their your findings and the interview online for the general public to view.
- Look for local memorials, Veterans’ graves in churches, parks and historical sites. class design and construct its own monument. For information on memorials, visit the “events” section of the Veterans Affairs.
- Research memorials dedicated to service animals.
- Create a database of animals that helped in war and peace support efforts. Explain what each animal did and why it was important. Report the differences in animal treatment during early wars and the improvements in today’s service animal lives.
- Write to veterans in service or retired.
- Participate in holiday activities for troops. Send greetings to Veterans in local nursing homes or hospitals.
- Plant a garden or tree in honor of local citizens who died during their military service and/or Veterans from your community who have passed on.
- Write a letter to a Veteran (it could be a relative, family friend or someone from your community) thanking them for their sacrifice and celebrating their achievements.
- Research contributions of Aboriginal, African, Canadian, European and other countrymen soldiers during the First or Second World War or the Korean War. Share your findings with family members, friends, and share online.
- Visit the Veterans Affairs website for news, information and ideas on how to honor Veterans’ Day.
To learn more ways to remember veterans please play the video below.Learn how to do other things by checking the CBS Houston HOW TO page.