We have just celebrated the birth of our nation on the 4th of July, and the time marks patriotism in the fullest. Where were you on the 4th of July? No matter where you were, you probably saw proud Americans display flags on their lawns or homes as they embraced all that makes our country so great. You may have even seen a parade a two as veterans marched down their streets proudly to showcase the love they have for their nation and pride they have for serving their country. As Americans, we love and appreciate our vets, but it can be tough sometimes to show our appreciation. Here are several ways to do this that are simple, but will go a long way in the eyes of veterans and those serving overseas.
- Adopt a soldier: One of the most direct ways you can impact the life of a soldier is by adopting a serviceman through the “Adopt a Soldier Program,” which is organized by Soldiers’ Angels. Soldiers’ Angels’ mission is to have no soldier go unloved, and we as American citizens can help to make sure this happens. By making a commitment, you can ensure a soldier knows the appreciation of his/her nation through a weekly letter and a monthly care package. Through a small investment in your time and resources, you can ensure a soldier has the love and care he/she needs as he/she braves dangerous conditions to protect our way of life.
- Present a veteran with a military pin: Each independent department of the military has their own military pin. Do you have a friend or family member who has served? Why not show your appreciation with the presentation of a military pin? Military pins are a symbol of pride and honor. They also tell a story that can bring to light the trials and tribulations that are associated with service. By presenting a serviceman with a military pin, you’ll encourage that person to share their experiences and take pride in their service.
- Just say thank you: Oftentimes, it’s the simplest gesture that matters the most. How many times have you gone in and out of a retail or restaurant establishment and seen a veteran who was raising funds for those in the military or other veterans? If you don’t have the means to offer a donation of some sort, a simple token of gratitude will surely make their day. By saying thank you to a veteran, you’re justifying their past efforts and letting them know that there are those out there who appreciate their service.
The Fourth of July is more than a day off from work or a day to eat burgers and watch the fireworks. It’s a confirmation of our way of life and a time to thank those who help to preserve it. There are so many ways to do it. From purchasing military pins or adopting a soldier to bring light to their day, to just saying a simple thank you, you can embrace the true meaning of the day.
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