Veterans Day Blog
Because my father-in-law served in the Vietnam War and my husband served over in Iraq and is now in the reserves, for Veterans Day each year we try to put time aside to not only learn about what the army does but also do special things to honor their service. This year, we added a component of putting together care packages for people my husband serves with, but overall we spent most of the week learning and creating special gifts that were military related.
To learn about the military, we wandered the National Infantry Museum with my husband, who was able to tell us all about where he served and show us lots of stuff from his time in service. It is a really great museum that the girls always love visiting. Later in the week, we went to the Civil War Naval Museum in downtown Columbus and checked out some amazing boats and boat pieces from the Civil War. You can even wander inside of one to see what life was like inside a war boat, which was something new and exciting. One of the benefits to living right by a military base is that there are so many ways to get hands on with learning about military life, even if my husband only serves one weekend a month!
We spent the rest of the week writing cards, decorating books, making characters, and ultimately filling packages for Daddy and Papa to get on Veterans Day. We were able to mail and gift the presents on Veterans Day to the surprise of both. Time in between the crafts was filled with playing with boatloads of soldiers and some new civil war toys we found at the museum. I’m definitely going to have to teach about the Civil War next year!
Overall, the week was not filled with loads of “heavy” activities to do, but I think that everything we learned about and did was very important. We are so proud of our family and their service, so it was wonderful to spend time honoring them and showing just how proud we are! Even if you can only spend a day writing Veterans Day cards or a moment saying thank you, I guarantee everything will be greatly appreciated by those who served or have served in the military because it is truly a job filled with self sacrifice!
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Jessica and Ana
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