November 11th became an official national holiday in the United States in 1938. It’s a day to honor all those who served in the military. Not sure how to celebrate our veterans? Here are 5 ways to honor a veteran you may know!
1. Make a Donation or Volunteer
More than 40,000 charities in the United States support veterans and their families. Many of these organizations also have volunteer opportunities if you would like to get more involved.
2. Shop at a Veteran-Owned Business
There are more than 2.5 million businesses owned by veterans in the United States. If you don’t know any, you can search for one in your area at veteranownedbusiness.com
3. Connect with a Veteran
One of the best ways to celebrate a veteran is to speak with them directly and listen to their stories. Take the time to speak with a veteran about their experiences so you can honor their memories!
4. Make a Care Package or Send a Gift
Sending a veteran a care package is another great way to show your support. You can also spoil them with a practical gift that would help them with daily tasks such as cleaning or vacuuming. For example, robot vacuums are great for those with disabilities or limited mobility. It's also great just as a luxury gift in general. Nothing is better than the gift of a better and easier life.
5. Observe Two Minutes of Silence
A more private way to show thanks is to observe a moment of silence. The set time of 2:11 PM EST allows for all 50 states and Puerto Rico to take part simultaneously.