Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have died in service to the military, upholding the ideals of the country and defending its rights. It's also a time to comfort the men and women who served with the deceased. Give a veteran a small gift as a token of thanks or as a small pick-me-up to express your gratitude during this somber holiday.
Photos and Mementos
Offer to organize photos and memorabilia belonging to the veteran of your choice. Organize photos into a quality, acid-free photo album or scrapbook. Place mementos in a custom-made shadow box. If this is not an option, obtain a photo of the veteran and his platoon. Copy or enlarge the photo and place it in a nice frame. Alternately, you can offer to digitalize the veteran's photos and mementos on a computer, creating a backup of these priceless treasures. Not every veteran is keen to remember the war he served in, meaning thatthis is not an appropriate gift for everyone; know your veteran to determine if this is the right gift for him.
If you know the branch of the military your veteran served in, consider gifting him with a piece of merchandise from that arm of the service. Hats, t-shirts, mugs, key chains, ties, pens and more are all readily available to show your veteran's loyalty to her arm of the service. Choose an item that you know the person will use and appreciate. If the person never wears a hat, for example, it may be prudent to choose another item instead. Other, less specific gifts are available bearing patriotic emblems such as eagles, flags or the slogan "Thank a Veteran."
Collect all the information you can about your veteran. Compile stories and photographs from people who know the veteran in question. Write up a written account or create a multimedia presentation acknowledging and thanking the veteran for his service to his country. This is a heartwarming gift that requires little in terms of cost but a great deal in terms of time. With luck, the gift will be a meaningful tribute to a special individual in your life, made all the more special because it is handmade. Similarly, you can commission a plaque honoring the veteran or dedicate a local fixture, such as a park bench, to the individual.
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