Veterans Day is a holiday that’s about taking time to recognize our country’s veterans and the substantial sacrifices and contributions they’ve made. Without their service, we would not have the ability to enjoy the freedoms we do today. If you’re wondering how you can show your support for our military members, here are some ideas to get you started.
Commemorative Actions for Veterans Day
Appreciation for our veterans can be shown in a number of different ways. What’s most important is taking the time to say “thank you” and showing respect for their service. As you consider meaningful ways to commemorate Veterans Day, here are some actions you can take that will go a long way:
Make a Personal Connection
One of the most impactful actions you can take is personally extending yourself to the veterans in your life. It doesn’t need to be anything elaborate, either. Something as simple as picking up the phone or an invitation to grab a cup of coffee makes a big difference in feeling seen and valued. Take the time to ask questions about their experiences and what their time serving the country means to them.
Donate to a Cause
When it comes to honoring veterans, there are a number of worthy organizations that could use your support. If you’re not sure where to start, this list from Charity Navigator provides numerous nonprofits that are dedicated to veterans and military service members. You can also donate directly in the Dallas area by connecting with a local Veterans of Foreign Wars or American Legion post.
Display Your Support
When you display symbols of your support for veterans it doesn’t just let people know where you stand, but also reminds others of the commitment members of the armed forces make to the country. Whether you raise the American flag in front of your home each morning or display a yellow ribbon bumper sticker on your car, these symbols are a meaningful way to let veterans know their service is honored and appreciated.
Take a Moment to Reflect
In 2016 the Veterans Day Moment of Silence Act was signed into law. The idea behind the Act is to bring Americans together in support of our veterans with a voluntary two minutes of silence on Nov. 11. The silence is set to begin at 2:11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, allowing people across the country to join together at the same time. While this is a relatively new tradition, you can help commemorate veterans by spreading the word and encouraging others to join you in this opportunity for quiet reflection.
In-Person Opportunities to Support Veterans
Texas is home to the second-largest population of veterans in the United States. With so many who have served, there are many ways you can show your support in person. Here are some of the top happenings in the area:
Dallas Veterans Day Parade
Each year the Greater Dallas Veterans Day Parade organizes a celebration to honor local veterans. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 11, starting at 11:00 a.m. with a massing of the colors in front of City Hall. The route will then take off from Reunion Arena and work its way back toward a conclusion at City Hall. If you would like to get involved, they are looking for volunteers to help with everything from setting up chairs to post-event cleanup.
Patriotic Pops Concert
This year the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating Veterans Day with their Patriotic Pops concert. The series of performances will feature patriotic tunes and anthems, taking place Nov. 12-14. Each show includes members of the US Naval Academy Glee Club and Pipes and Drum Band, and is conducted by Jeff Tyzik.
Shop at a Veteran-Owned Business
With such a large population of veterans in Texas, there are hundreds of veteran-owned businesses you can support across the state. Whether you’re looking for a handyman or want to try a small-batch coffee roaster, you won’t have difficulty finding something that piques your interest. By spending your dollars this way, you support the aspirations of military members and their families and help grow local communities.
Virtual Opportunities to Support Veterans
Virtual events have become a common part of everyday life, and Veterans Day is no exception. There are a number of ways you can commemorate this important holiday without ever leaving your home. Here are some of the highlights:
Remember the History
Most people know that Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have served our country, but to truly appreciate the significance it helps to know the history. There are many online resources that detail the rich history and contributions current and former members of the armed forces have made. The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a detailed history of the tradition behind Veterans Day, while the Navy and Air Force provide virtual tours of their National Museums.
Be a Virtual Volunteer
Opportunities for virtual volunteerism are becoming much more commonplace. While it may lack the in-person connection, contributing your time from a distance can still have a wide-reaching impact. Operation Gratitude is on the forefront of such opportunities, offering ways for you to get involved writing letters, creating care packages and crafting paracord bracelets that are distributed to active troops.
Reach Out Virtually
Though technology isn’t without its shortcomings, it does provide an easy opportunity to connect with loved ones far and wide. Even if you just have five minutes, seeing a familiar face on a video call can help lift spirits and remind the veterans in your life they are not forgotten and their service is appreciated each and every day.
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