The first week of July is a time of celebration for most Americans. People celebrate the nation’s independence with barbeques, fireworks, parades, and quality time with friends and family. People think only for a moment about the men and women who spent their time maintaining that independence. Instead of leaving it that brief thank-you, take on some simple ways to honor veterans on July 4th. Show your support!
People donate to organizations like the Purple Heart on Veteran’s Day, and that’s great. But there’s more to supporting veterans than just one or two days a year. This Fourth of July, make the decision to donate on this day and then consistently for the rest of the year. Whether that means every other month or once a month, make the conscious choice to donate and honor veterans throughout the year. Donate clothes, home goods, electronics, money—whatever you can so that those who supported and protected you feel supported and protected by you.
Write Thank-You Letters
We love the idea of sending thank-you letters to veterans on July 4th. You could even set up a little thank-you card writing station at your parade spot (if your community can hold one), or in the backyard during your barbeque. The more cards and letters you collect, the more of an impact you’ll have on a multitude of veterans. This is also an excellent way to get the kids involved! If they’re not sure what to say, you could have a standard outline for them to follow—but even a sweet drawing and some love will go a long way!
Our third way to honor veterans on July 4th is quite simple, but it makes a huge difference. When you show compassion, empathy, and respect for the veterans you see on your family walk or in your neighborhood, you are helping. Though compassion is something you should share every day, it’s even more essential on days like this one. If you know you have some veterans in your neighborhood, make sure to take the time to ask them how they feel about fireworks or if they’d like to join for the barbeque. Don’t just ignore, and don’t just assume. Your compassion and respect will go a long way.
These are just a few ways that you can honor veterans on the 4th of July and throughout the year. See what differences you can make!