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5 Simple, Meaningful Things to Do With Your Kids for Veterans’ Day

Yes, I know that there are sales today. I don’t really understand why those sales aren’t just for veterans, but whatevs. If you want to take advantage of those sales, by all means, go ahead. But if you’d like to also squeeze in something meaningful today, here are some ideas of things you can do with your kids.

Thanking someone doesn’t have to be a big, glitter-filled event. It can be as simple as shaking someone’s hand — a great thing to model, by the way, so that your kids don’t grow up and try to fist-bump people at his or her first job interview.

Here are five simple things to do today, or any day, to honor our veterans.


  • Make cards to be delivered nationally and internationally. 1 of 5
    Make cards to be delivered nationally and internationally.
    Make thank-you cards or write letters to active veterans, active-duty servicemembers, and wounded warriors. Check out Operation Gratitude's website for specific details.

    (Photo Credit: iStockphoto)
  • Make and deliver cards locally. 2 of 5
    Make and deliver cards locally.
    Find your nearest VA Medical Center using the interactive map on the US Department of Veterans Affairs website. Find where to bring cards, and what kind of donations might be needed at that center.

    (Photo Credit: iStockphoto)
  • Call all the veterans you know. 3 of 5
    Call all the veterans you know.
    Call the veterans in your family and thank them for your service. If your kids are little, this is a great time to start teaching them how to dial and use the phone.

    (Photo Credit: iStockphoto)
  • Learn more about veterans at VA Kids. 4 of 5
    Learn more about veterans at VA Kids.
    Visit the VA's website for kids. It's geared to kids in Kindergarten through fifth grade and has games, facts, and coloring pages that you can print out to make cards!

    (Screencap: VA Kids)
  • Shake a veteran’s hand. 5 of 5
    Shake a veteran's hand.
    If you're going to a local parade, shake hands with a veteran and say thank you for their service. If your kids are social enough to manage this, it's a nice thing for them to do, too. Bonus: kids learn that high-fives and fist bumps are not always the most appropriate greeting.

    (Photo Credit: iStockphoto)

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto)

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