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Paying Tribute Together

Fun, meaningful and inexpensive ways to commemorate Veterans Day with your family

Have an intentionally great day. Celebrating Veterans Day doesn’t always have to mean somber reflection. Sometimes it means enjoying the freedoms those Veterans have provided for you. Make the day special (whatever that means for your family—maybe just a trip to a favorite restaurant), and then make it count by communicating to your family why you’re celebrating.

Volunteer at a Veterans charity. Create a lifelong memory on Nov. 11 by donating the most valuable asset you have—your time—with your family at a local charity. The shared experience will bring your family closer as you come together to serve others. As a parental bonus, you’ll be teaching your kids an important lesson about the power of giving back.

Get out pen and paper. A handwritten letter can make a deployed Soldier’s day, so spend an hour with your family writing to those serving overseas. You’ll share a part of your family with Soldiers who can’t spend time with theirs. Organizations like Operation Gratitude or A Million Thanks will ensure your letter lands in the hands of those who need it most.

Enjoy a military movie marathon. Museums are rarely fun for kids, but that doesn’t mean you can’t impart a little military knowledge to them in an entertaining way. Make some popcorn and settle in for a movie marathon. If your kids are old enough, watch movies that are based on real life events, like Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan and American Sniper. It’ll be an educational sneak attack they’ll never see coming.


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