In preparation for the long holiday weekend, we should all carve out time to pause and remember those who have sacrificed so much to secure our freedom. Many veterans reside in assisted living; if you will be visiting a family member there this weekend, why not say hello and thanks to these selfless individuals? It’s easy to get wrapped up in road trip and picnic plans, to look forward to the extra time off, but Memorial Day, like other holidays, is an opportunity to share our gratitude, an opportunity that we often miss.
If you hang a flag outside your home this weekend, take your patriotism one step further. Write a note of thanks to a veteran, stop by a senior living community in your neighborhood, and ask the activities director to deliver your note to a veteran resident who rarely gets visitors. Better yet, ask if you could speak to him (or her) and thank the individual directly with a hug or a firm handshake.
Though many assisted living communities already have a number of activities and events scheduled this weekend for honoring veteran residents, your personal demonstration of gratitude will speak volumes.