I’m honored to partner with many local Caring Hearts owners who are veterans, and together we serve countless clients who have also served in our military. A good number of these vets are older adults who sacrificed in their youth for the freedom we enjoy today. Now, we at Caring Hearts get to help these men and women continue to enjoy their own independence—at home.
This weekend is the Fourth of July—one of my favorite holidays, and one that stirs fond childhood memories of barbecues and warm sunny days. When I was growing up, my family always made time to celebrate our armed forces. These days, that feels a bit like a lost tradition. So this year, as we all enjoy the long weekend and time with friends, please take a moment to honor those who have sacrificed for our country.
How to Honor Veterans on Independence Day
As nearly half of American adults are currently caring for both aging parents and their own children, many of you are no doubt balancing caregiver responsibilities, parenting responsibilities, a career and more. So finding time to properly acknowledge the sacrifices of our veterans could be a challenge.
Here are some quick ways to honor veterans on Independence Day weekend—even if you’re a busy Sandwich Generation caregiver.
Visit or call the veterans in your family.
Our aging relatives can feel forgotten when our busy schedules keep us from staying in touch regularly. This weekend is a good chance to invite them over for a meal, or call and say hello. Let them know what’s on your mind, and make sure they know you care about them.
Share your thoughts on social media.
Letting your friends and family know what’s on your mind can sometimes make you feel vulnerable, but it can also open you up to new conversations. You may discover you have more in common with some of your friends than you realized! Try writing a few sentences about what Independence Day means to you, and see what responses you get (you could also share our post if you’re unsure what to say).
Offer to make some quick repairs to an aging vet’s home.
Common disabilities associated with aging can make homes difficult to live in. Our renovation tips for aging in place include some relatively easy home construction projects that you could offer to do (or help pay for) to allow an aging family member to continue to live at home safely and comfortably.
Help your children talk to their veteran relatives to understand their stories.
It’s important to make time for cross-generational conversations when you have the chance. If your family is getting together this weekend, make sure your kids sit down and visit with Grandma and Grandpa.
Help a veteran tell their story with the Veterans History Project.
This project, coordinated by the Library of Congress, is a great way for you to learn your family member’s story firsthand—and to document it for your family to enjoy in the years to come. Find the downloadable interview forms and more on the Library of Congress website.
Take a moment to reflect and say thank you.
As the aromas from the grill waft by, or as you stare up in wonder at the bursting fireworks, take a moment to reflect on those who have helped us live a relatively peaceful life. These moments of gratitude can help us keep perspective as we move through our busy lives.