This 4th of July will mark America’s 240th birthday. It’s hard to imagine the country we have today without the brave men and women who protect it here at home and overseas every day. So in honor of this birthday, we’re thinking of ways to honor the men and women who keep America the beautiful safe and sound every day.
1. 4th of July Block Party for Veterans
If your HOA allows it, why not throw an all-out block party for everyone, especially veterans and military members? Enlist neighbors and friends to contribute somehow, with food or donations to help make this a special day for former and active military members in your neighborhood.
2. Discounts at Local Businesses
Local businesses and privately owned businesses are often easier to sway into discounts. Gather up some of your friends and family who support the cause and ask local businesses if they’d be willing to give a percentage off for active military, veterans and maybe even their families! Once you know what small businesses in your neighborhood are willing to donate and discount, make sure to spread the word through a Facebook group so they can be easily found.
3. Organize a Thank You Campaign
Many people underestimate the power of a simple thank you card. Get together with local schools and organize a thank you card campaign to send to military overseas, especially around military holidays. Hearing from the little ones back home can mean a lot to those in stressful situations often feeling alone or frustrated.
4. Talk to them About Their Time in the Military
Though it might be a sensitive subject for some, there are plenty of active military and veterans who would love to share their experiences with someone willing to truly listen. So many of us know friends and family who served, yet the topic only comes up every so often. Take some time to truly connect and make them feel valued for the service they gave to this country.
5. Give Them Their Own Plaque
Awards in the military are a true honor. While our military does a fine job thanking men and women for their service, it’s not often they get that same gratefulness and comradery here at home. Award someone who is important to you for their service and let them know how much it means to you and others around you.