Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thank you to our American Veterans

Today is Veteran’s Day. A day of remembrance and appreciation for those who have risked their lives so that we can live freely. Please take a moment to reflect on the freedoms that you enjoy, and explain to your children why it is an important holiday. Simply saying “Thank you” to a veteran or to current military personnel is a great activity you can do with your kids to help them understand the importance of the day.

One simple way to say a simple thank you to military personnel stationed overseas is through the Let’s Say Thanks website. According to the website, the mission of Let's Say Thanks is to provide a way for individuals across the country to recognize U.S. troops stationed overseas. By submitting a message through this site you have the opportunity to send a free personalized postcard greeting to deployed servicemen and women.

The postcards, depicting patriotic scenes and hometown images, were selected from a pool of entries from children across the country.

All you have to do is click on your favorite design and either select the message that best expresses your sentiment or draft a personal note. The postcards are then printed on the Xerox iGen3® Digital Production Press and mailed in care packages by military support organization Give2TheTroops®.
Another way to help your children understand Veteran’s Day is to visit the Kids Thank a Vet website. This site has great information for kids on veterans, and how you can say a simple thank you to a veteran in your community or even in your family!  They even have some tips for kids on how to say an appropriate thank you to a veteran.  There are also some great activity pages and other resources.  You can even start a Kids Thank a Vet chapter in your community!

Please take a few minutes today to say your thanks, and at the same time help your children learn about the men and women who worked, and those who are still working, to make our country a safe place.

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