To those who have fought for our country and their many friends and loved ones, the significance of Veterans Day cannot be adequately described. It is a day of reflection, honor, thanks, and reverence as we acknowledge the incredible sacrifices made for us by the brave men and women who have served or currently serve in the military, in numerous and heroic ways.
In today’s busy world, sometimes this indelible day of observance to give our respects is overshadowed by the political push of candidates seeking our votes, upcoming holiday travel planning, or even the busy school activity calendar. Thankfully, modernity need not become an obstacle to the important tradition of thanking our military service personnel and veterans.
For those seeking timeless, reverential ways to observe Veterans Day, there are several options that can be appropriate and inclusive for the entire family.
Observing Veterans Day with Your Family
Visit a veteran – Young or old, family or neighbor – offer a veteran or current man or woman serving in the armed forces a home-cooked meal or evening at a favorite restaurant. Teach your children the importance of respecting the sacrifices that have been made, both today and throughout history, and consider age-appropriate stories about what it has meant for our country to have such brave individuals in the armed forces.
Visit local nursing homes or assisted living facilities – Consider volunteering your time to help organize rides to Veterans Day events or create a special on-site celebration of food, music, and sharing. Find out which residents are veterans and honor them in a small ceremony with gifts or tokens of appreciation.
Pick up the phone – Does your family know that Uncle Harold fought in the Korean War, or that a favorite cousin is currently on duty overseas? If your loved ones live far away or are currently serving in the military, consider arranging a family phone call to express your gratitude for all they have done.
Visit a memorial or cemetery observing the holiday – Many families choose to remember loved ones who have passed on through gifts of flowers, ribbons, graveside flags, and stories shared at family plots or memorials.
Make a donation – There are several reputable nonprofits that serve the needs of injured war veterans or families who have lost spouses in combat or military actions. Your charitable gift will help acknowledge those whose service to this country is beyond measure.
If you are in the region, Gramer Funeral Home – Clawson and Gramer Funeral Home, Diener Chapel – Shelby Township, are offering those in the community a way to recognize military servicemen and women, as well as veterans, with a symbolic, personalized ribbon. Each ribbon will feature the name of the man or women being honored and will be placed on a dedicated American flag, displayed in front of the funeral homes, on Veterans Day, from 9am – 4pm. The ribbons will then be offered as memorial keepsakes to participating families.
We encourage you to be a part of this ceremony by contacting us at the numbers below with information to include your loved one.
Gramer Funeral Home, Clawson: (248) 435-9010
Gramer Funeral Home, Diener Chapel, Shelby Township: (586) 731-4150
More information is also be available on our Gramer Funeral Homes Facebook page.
Other Veterans Days Events to Consider
Troy, Michigan: Veterans Day Ceremony
Veterans Plaza, City Hall
November 11, 2014: 11am – 12pm
This event honors all military personnel and veterans and will feature a memorial wreath, commemorative bricks, music, and a keynote speaker.
Royal Oak, Michigan: Veteran’s Day Ceremony
Veterans War Memorial Plaza, next to the library
November 11, 2014: 11am – 12pm
The Royal Oak Memorial Society invites everyone to attend the Veteran’s Day Ceremony to honor our veterans. This event will feature guest speakers, the St. Paul’s Children’s Choir, and the Royal Oak High School band performing Taps.
Gramer Funeral Homes wish you and your loved ones a special, thoughtful, and deeply felt Veterans Day. And, to all of those who dedicate their lives in service to our country, we thank you!