Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Honoring the Military

You might not like war or fighting, but I think you will agree that we should honor our military. They put their lives on the line every day so we can enjoy freedom. What a great country we live in!

Take some time this month to talk to your child about the military men and women who protect us. Explain how Moms and Dads have to spend time away from their family and friends. Talk about what it is like to serve in a foreign country where they are not used to the culture, food, or language. Touch on how soldiers are exposed to danger.

Here are two ideas that might encourage your child to honor the military:

  • Letters-write a letter or letters to active military men and women. Sometimes they get lonely, miss their family, or just plain get homesick. A letter from your child would be a bright spot in their day. Organizations like Operation Gratitude accept letters to send to the military.
  • Care Packages-Put together a care package. You can get flat rate boxes free at the local post office. Don’t forget to include a letter and maybe a picture. The site, Any Soldier, is a great place to find out more information about what they might want or need, and how to go about sending your package.

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