How Your Family Can Honor Our Troops on the 4th of July

How Your Family Can Honor Our Troops on the 4th of July

Independence Day

Fireworks displays and Independence Day parades no doubt top your family’s list of things to do this Fourth of July. But what if you could add a meaningful dose of patriotism to the holiday and give back to those who have sacrificed so much for our country?

We at Mother Rucker’s Sweets have a few ideas for helping your children truly understand what it means to be an American by honoring our troops this Independence Day.

Give Back To Veterans

Teaching your children respect for those who’ve fought and sacrificed for our country can leave a lasting sense of honor and appreciation in their hearts. In the days leading up to the Fourth, help your kids come up with a way to raise money to donate to a non-profit veterans organization. Taking your recycled aluminum cans to the recycling center, hosting a lemonade stand or car wash, selling used books and DVDs or simply pooling allowance money are all great options. Then show your children how to make a donation to the organization online or through the mail, and explain how their efforts will help veterans in need.

A few organizations you might want to consider:

  • The Wounded Warrior Project: Raises money for veterans with physical or mental disabilities.
  • Homes for Our Troops: Builds mortgage-free homes for disabled vets who need special home designs to live more independent lives.
  • Operation Homefront: Assists veterans when they fall on hard times and need groceries and money for rent, car repairs or other expenses.

Support Active-Duty Soldiers

Protecting our country takes constant sacrifice from our troops currently stationed overseas. The stress of being far from home, especially when engaged in combat, takes its toll on these brave men and women. Your kids can help boost their morale by showing a soldier that someone is thinking of them and that they’re appreciated.

Operation Gratitude is a non-profit organization that sends your handwritten letters to a deployed soldier, a vet, a wounded soldier or a new recruit. Additionally, you can make a financial gift that will help send care packages to soldiers. The organization can also show you how to make handmade items that soldiers need, how to start a collection drive and how to make supporting our troops a part of your everyday life.

Visit a Memorial

If your family is taking a trip over the holiday weekend, add a visit to a memorial part of your vacation agenda. If you’re headed to Washington, DC to take part in the festivities at our nation’s capitol, a visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a poignant reminder of the cost of freedom, as is the rest of the Arlington National Cemetery. If you have a relative buried in a regional veterans’ cemetery, visit the grave and pay your respects to teach your children the value of the price they paid.