Every fourth of July, we wave our American flags in celebration of Independence Day. Some people throw huge parties with friends and family. Others attend annual Independence Day festivals and parades. No matter how we choose to celebrate, we do so in honor of the veterans who have fought for our freedom. Here are some ways to honor veterans this Fourth of July.
Create a Veteran Slideshow
If you know any veterans, find some pictures to create a slideshow. In between each picture, show a slide with information about the veteran and what he or she was doing during the photo. Make sure that your slide show portrays a positive message about every veteran you address. Before you show anyone the slide show, make sure to ask the veteran for permission first. If you are honoring a veteran who died, only show the slideshow to close friends and family.
Surprise a Veteran With a Customized Cake
If you have a friend or relative who is a veteran, have your entire family contribute to making a cake. On the cake, write words or draw pictures with colored icing to express your gratitude. Make sure that everything you include on your cake represents the specific veteran you are honoring.
Paint American Flags
We buy American flags to put up in our front yards and to wave on cars. This is a way of showing pride in our country. To get creative while celebrating the Fourth of July, have your family, friends, and coworkers paint flags and add symbols of what America means to you. To specifically honor veterans, add a message to the back of the flag. You can also draw or glue a picture of a friend or relative who was or is a veteran.
Listen to a Veteran
If you hear a veteran talk about his or her story to a crowd of people, do not be afraid to listen in. Sometimes, veterans celebrate this holiday by talking about their experiences and what they have learned to anyone willing to listen. If you work at a library or a restaurant, you could show even more appreciation by asking the veteran to share his or her story with a group of guests or customers.
Share Creative Projects on Social Media
Social media platforms are great places to honor veterans. If you do something creative like baking a cake or painting flags, you can take pictures of these projects to put on Facebook and Instagram. However, if you decide to do this, make sure that viewers know you are honoring veterans. Briefly include stories, inspirational messages, and hashtags with the veterans’ names.
Celebrating the Fourth of July is not easy for all veterans. Sometimes, the best thing you can do is respect his or her feelings because you don’t know what he or she has experienced. If you feel that you must say something, remember that sometimes silence speaks more than words. If you feel that it’s appropriate, you can simply tell the veteran that you are very thankful for his or her service and very briefly explain the reason.
Hopefully, you now have a few good ideas for ways to honor veterans this Fourth of July. While you are doing something creative to honor a veteran, remember why this person is so important. Remember what he or she had to sacrifice. Remember to buy American flags and wave them high. Thank you to all the veterans who have fought for our freedom.