6 All-Star Ways Companies Can Recognize Veterans Day
November 9, 2018
Author: Cathleen Ericson
You might see them wearing flag pins or hats. They might be coworkers, neighbors, or family members––anyone wearing their pride for all to see. We are talking about veterans, those people who are honored by the public once a year on Veterans Day.
When is Veterans Day 2018?
While Veterans Day officially falls on Nov. 11 each year, it is observed the following Monday. In 2018, Veterans Day will be observed on Monday, Nov. 12. This commemoration, originally called “Armistice Day,” was first held on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of World War I. In 1954 the name was changed to today’s moniker.
It’s a unique holiday in that most of us don’t get the day off, so it offers the perfect opportunity for your office or workplace to do something together to honor veterans. Here are some ideas for showing veterans your appreciation.
You probably have veterans walking among your own ranks every day—and you might not even know it. If it’s appropriate in your workplace, find out who has served and see if they’d be interested in sharing a story from their time in the military. For most, it’s a great source of pride, and it’s especially wonderful for younger generations to hear about others’ service. If they don’t want to present, there are other less public ways to acknowledge them, such as adorning their door or office space with patriotic appreciation signs.
2. Hold a moment of silence.
Another way to honor veterans—whether you have any in your workplace or not—is through a moment of silence at 11 a.m.
3. Assemble care packages.
While this can be an ongoing activity, it is especially poignant on Veterans Day. Check with your local VFW Hall or contact an organization such as Support Our Troops or Any Soldier.com. Each site offers detailed instructions for how to make sure your package will reach its destination with the correct items. If you don’t have time to organize a collection/packaging event for Veterans Day, it’s the perfect time to announce your campaign and then aim to send the boxes to arrive in time for the holidays, when many service people feel especially lonely. Office Depot & OfficeMax stores have all the supplies and services you need for you to mail, pack & ship your letters and packages to national, international and military base locations.
How To Salute Veterans All Year Long
1. Hire a veteran.
Help our veterans transition to civilian life through meaningful employment. When you look specifically to hire veterans, you will access a pool of well-trained talent, as many military jobs have a civilian equivalent. Military service instills a strong work ethic, loyalty, decisiveness and a spirit of collaboration, among other positive qualities. To find out more about hiring veterans, you can start at the U.S. Department of Labor’s site or consult an organization such as Value of a Veteran.
2. Support a deployed service person’s family.
As you look ahead to holiday charity endeavors, consider including a service person’s family in your plans as many live on tight budgets and might need a holiday pick-me-up with their loved one not around. The Soldiers’ Angels organization has a program specifically for businesses that choose to adopt at least three families. Choosing and delivering gifts can be a fun way for your entire office to come together.
3. Offer perks throughout the year.
While many companies provide Veterans Day discounts and/or Veterans Day free items or hold a Veterans Day sale, it’s even better to extend veterans’ discounts all year long rather than just focusing on “the day.” However you can use Veterans Day 2018 as an ideal opportunity to announce and publicize your program. Include not just veterans, but also active service members and their families to even further show your appreciation.
About the Author
Cathie Ericson is a freelance writer covering business and consumer topics. She creates branded content for Fortune 500 companies, and her work has appeared in LearnVest, Costco Magazine, Forbes, TheGlassHammer.com and IDEA Fitness. Follow her @cathieericson.
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