Mom's Idea to Honor Veterans, Inspire Kids
Jordan Oaks was so kind to allow us to give the cards to the veterans and visit with them; it was an enjoyable experience for all of us. Brayden's great grandfather, Hugh Bannard, was a World War II veteran who was very active in helping others in the community. He passed away before Brayden was born. Remembering veterans who proudly served our country is a nice way for Brayden to honor the veterans and honor the memory of his great grandpa as well.
The veterans we visited with at Jordan Oaks discussed with us which branch of the military they served in, and Brayden told them his great grandpa was a veteran. Brayden and I made all of the cards together and designed them with decorations such as stickers. The veterans were so excited and happy to receive our handmade cards and for us to visit with them.
Making cards for veterans can be a memorable way for them to know we appreciate what they have done, and that their service will never be forgotten. With St. Patrick's Day approaching in March, St. Patrick's Day cards can be made for and given to veterans in the community. Making Easter cards could also be a great way to remember them. Making handmade cards is a fun way for kids to be creative in designing the cards and also doing a really good thing for veterans. Families could start this wonderful tradition and do this for years to come. This could also be a very good learning experience for the kids to learn more about veterans and their service to our country.
Stacy McDade is an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary in Cary. She wants to inspire her son to help others and understand how helping even in small ways can make a big difference.