Yesterday I was reminded that Veterans Day really isn’t important to everyone. Apparently, there are other holidays that we tend to pay more attention to. You know – like Halloween and Valentine’s Day. While these holidays are important and a lot of fun, I still don’t think they should be put in front of Veterans Day.
To my surprise, Veterans Day isn’t even mentioned in some schools. I understand that it’s on a Saturday this year but let’s be serious.
We make the kids dress up to school on Halloween. We spend all night making goody bags for their classmates, and we spend hours celebrating by going door to door so that our family can say we went trick-or-treating.
Schools throw Valentine’s Day parties. Couples spend days or maybe even months trying to plan out this perfect day. Oh, and don’t forget the hundreds of dollars we tend to spend on this very important holiday.
Yet, on Veterans day most of us just chill. We go about our day like it’s any other. Maybe you even complain because the lines are so long to get into a restaurant. Maybe you decide to stay home with your family so that you avoid the chaos. The kids do a cute project with red, white, and blue and call it a day. Why are we so complacent on this really important holiday?
I decided that this will not be the future of my children. Our job is to invest in their education and teach them how to be outstanding people when they get older.
This Veterans Day will not be just another day for my family. We will be intentional with our actions. We are starting a new tradition with the kids this year. Hailey is now 3 and we think it’s time to teach her about the holiday and what we can do on this very special day for some pretty special people.
So this year we are painting rocks. We live in a small town (small to me at least) and there are a few places where we know veterans will be having meals tomorrow. We want these rocks to go into the hands of veterans and thank them. The kids love painting and it is so easy to do.
Tonight we will be going around town to drop off these rocks to places we believe they will be seen by a veteran tomorrow. Even if these rocks aren’t seen tomorrow, I know they will be seen someday. And they don’t necessarily have to be for a veteran. Maybe they will be a reminder for someone tomorrow. They may pick it up and give it to a veteran they love. Whatever it is that these rocks do, I know it will be good.
We are so excited for tomorrow and we know that this is just the start of our celebration. We want to reach out to as many veterans as we can and thank them because they have done what less than 1% of the American population decides to do – joined the Armed Forces.
Join us by spreading the love and appreciation this year. Be the example and start thanking a veteran today!
Check out some of these rocks for inspiration: