The Accredited Family of Home Care Services wants to help you in celebrating senior veterans of the community. Please join us on November 11, 2016 as we celebrate Veterans Day by honoring our senior vets.
Tips for Celebrating Senior Veterans
Every vet matters but taking the time to celebrate the lives and honor the service of our seniors who have served our country is exceptionally special.
Honoring WWII Vets
- Time is of the Essence – Did you know that the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 640 WWII Vets die every day? These are men and women who deserve to be honored as they live out their golden years. Don’t let them be alone this Veterans Day.
- Learn About the War – Take the time to learn about World War II. The History Network shares accurate and interesting WWII information online.
- Hear Their Story – Ask a Vet to share their story with you, one on one. Prepare ahead but allow them to just go with their feelings and words without rehearsal. Video the moment to share with others.
Celebrating Senior Veterans with Virtual Vacations
Some seniors aren’t tech savvy. Take them on a virtual vacation to anyplace in the world or across the country.
- WWII USS Arizona (Hawaii) – An excellent visual tour of The USS Arizona, shared by a blogger and her family. This tour celebrates healing, honor, and even peace.
- Virtual Tour of Washington, DC – This page offers a number of virtual tours of Washington, DC. A great option that allows our senior veterans to travel across the country while resting in a comfy chair.
- Historical Virtual Tour – Imagine being able to learn more about our country’s history and the Civil War with the click of a mouse. This virtual Civil War tour is a great way to share in some history with a senior veteran.
- World War I – The BBC offers a unique virtual tour of what it’s like to be in the trenches of war in WWI. The Tour of the Trenches is very unique.
- Vietnam War – This site is fairly all encompassing when it comes to everything associated with the Vietnam Memorial Wall. You can take a virtual tour of the NYC Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza,and more.
- War Memorials in DC – This site offers virtual field trips to War Memorials in Washington, DC. It’s an excellent way to take a senior veteran on a trip from anywhere in the world.
Remember that sometimes looking back on a war that someone was involved in can be painful. Not everyone wants to remember the history they were a part of. Always ask if they are interested in “visiting” these special sites. You can also ask them if they’d like to see virtual tours of other historical events and memorials instead of focusing on a war or time that they were involved in personally.
Gifts for Senior Veterans
Please note: any links provide for the items suggested are not an endorsement of or associated with our company.
- Any item that honors their specific branch of service/war served – This Maryland based online business offers a number of items from hats to sunglasses.
- Fly the Colors – Put up a small flag, an Americana flag picture, or any item that allows them to see the red, white & blue every day at a glance.
- DVD – Give the gift of a movie that is from the era of the time when they served their country. A documentary or other affordable movie that they could watch and enjoy.
- Music – Something that can instantly bring back memories of a particular time is music. Put together a CD of music from the time of their life; when they were young and perhaps during their time served.
No matter what you do to honor a veteran it will make a difference. Remember that Accredited can be of assistance in helping to make the life of a veteran easier also. Let us serve him/her as they served our country.
Make this Veterans Day a special one by celebrating senior veterans and making them feel appreciated.
Photo 1 by The U.S. Army
Photo 2 by Zessistant Solutions