While often confused with Memorial Day, Veterans Day (November 11) honors those who are currently serving as well as those who have served (and are still with us). It’s an opportunity to show our appreciation, which can be done in a multitude of ways. Here are eight suggestions to get you started:

 

  1. Go. Attend a Veterans Day event to show your support. If you have kids, take them with you and explain why we honor veterans.

 

  1. Talk. Tell the veterans in your family, circle of friends, or workplace how much you appreciate their service.

 

  1. Listen. Ask a vet to share their story—but be understanding if they prefer not to. Some questions you might ask are: What did you do in the military? How long did you serve? How did you pick that branch of the service? What was your favorite moment? Be present and give them your full attention.

 

  1. Donate. There are many organizations that help veterans; find one that appeals to you and give your time, money, or resources.

 

  1. Volunteer. VA hospitals serve many patients who do not receive any visitors. You could change that for some of them. Be sure to check out the VA Voluntary Service Web page before you go.

 

  1. Fly. Your flag, that is. Here’s a link to the guidelines to make sure you’re doing it right.

 

  1. Pray. Remember those who put themselves in harm’s way in order to keep our country safe—and their families.

 

  1. Serve. You may not serve in the armed forces, but you can still serve your country. Be informed about the issues. Write your elected officials. Vote. Run for office, if that’s what rocking your purpose looks like for you.

What else can you do to thank a vet? We’d love to see your ideas.