Halloween Empire proudly celebrates Veteran’s Day as a way to honor the many people who have fought and served to protect our country and way of life. We know that without their dedication and courage, our way of life in the United States wouldn’t exist. This November 11, please take the time to thank any veterans you know and show them the respect they deserve. Here are a few ways you can honor the veterans in your life:
Attend a Veterans’ Day Parade
Attend a Veteran’s Day Parade or Ceremony. Be sure to take a small American flag to wave and bring your children. Let them know what the day is all about and talk to them in terms they can understand about what veterans have done and why they are being honored. If your children would like to participate in some way, have them dress up in an Army officer costume, Naval officer costume or one of the other military style children’s costumes available at Halloween Empire.
Take A Veteran to Lunch
Take a veteran out for lunch or dinner on Veterans’ Day. This is a particularly nice way to honor elderly veterans who may not have family who can visit regularly. Contact your local nursing home or a licensed veteran’s home, where low income veterans live with others who have served. You can get a list of Veteran’s Homes in your area from the Senior Veterans’ Service Alliance. Call in advance and ask the director who might enjoy an outing or arrange to have dinner in the dining hall with a veteran. Many restaurants offer a free meal to veterans on Veterans’ Day.
Listen to a Veteran’s Story
If you have a veteran in your family or a friend who has served, ask them about their service. There are still veterans of World War II alive, but their number is dwindling. Soon, their stories will be forgotten if we don’t take the time to listen. Ask your grandparents or great-grandparents what it was like to serve, but also ask about what life was like then. What songs kept them going? How did they stay in touch with family? What friendships were forged?
Do A Veterans’ Day Show
Put together a tribute show or musical review with friends and family and perform in your local church or social hall or visit a veteran’s home (with prior permission of course). It doesn’t have to be complex or long. Kick off your Veteran’s Day tribute with a few songs from the World War II era, Vietnam and more recent police actions overseas or a brief skit honoring veterans is all you need. Include patriotic songs such as “God Bless America” and the “Star Spangled Banner” can round out the performance. Wear outfits from various eras such as our lady’s WWII military costume or WWII Air Force pilot costume. At the end of the performance, be sure to thank the veterans attending and their families.
Celebrate with Savings for Veterans
If you are a veteran or you have friends and family who have served, be sure to take advantage of the many Veterans’ Discounts being offered this November 11th. You can find an extensive list on the Military.com website. Check your local news for information about parades, memorial ceremonies, tributes and other events in your area. Halloween Empire salutes all veterans for their valuable service to protect our freedom. Thank you for your service.