7 Ways to Honor Veterans on Memorial Day

It’s Important to Honor Veterans on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is more than just a day where we fire up the grill.  It’s a special day to honor the brave men and women who have served in the armed forces; people like my uncles who have sacrificed a lot to protect American interests and security. Are you looking for ideas on ways to honor our veterans on Memorial Day?  Here are seven ideas that you can use.

Support Wounded Vets

Statistics from the Wounded Warrior Project show that over 48,000 military personnel sustained physical injuries during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. In addition, about 400,000 American soldiers who served in Iraq suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. You can honor these veterans by joining programs or taking part in events that support wounded veterans and their families. A good example is the Wounded Warrior Project.

Discount Offers

If you run a business, you can honor vets by offering discounts to military personnel. For instance, a restaurant owner could offer free dessert to veterans on Memorial day weekend, or a barber could offer free haircuts.

Volunteer

You can donate your time or resources to help a worthy cause related to veterans, especially those with physical injuries and mental health issues. For example, the USO (United Service Organizations) regularly hosts barbecue fundraising events to support active duty members and vets. You, too, can volunteer to host a backyard barbecue with that aim of raising funds to support this cause.

Attend a Memorial Day event

Another way of honoring vets is by attending any of the many events that take place on Memorial Day. Examples of such events include charity drives, get together soirees, Memorial Day parades, backyard barbecues and family outings.

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Highlight Veterans’ Stories

You can use emails, posts on social media sites, and blog posts to highlight and pay respect to those who have served in all branches of the US military. Encourage your followers to do the same and to share the messages that you publish online.

Help a Struggling Veteran

Many veterans struggle to lead a normal life after leaving the military. In fact, some veterans end up on the streets. You can help these veterans by connecting them with organizations dedicated to assisting veterans.

Learn About Veterans

Many Americans are unaware of the needs of veterans or the challenges they face after leaving the military. With this in mind, make it your duty to learn as much as you can about these men and women this Memorial Day.

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Diane

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Contact her at dianenassy@gmail.com

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7 Ways to Honor Veterans on Memorial Day

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