Hi, Friends! How are ya?
Happy Veterans’ Day! We’ve really enjoyed this long weekend! It’s come on the heels of my son’s birthday, so we’ve continued the celebration with my sister and nephews. It felt great to have the time to just relax and laugh until it hurt! I’m related to some REAL characters!
Our school is located in a community that is on the outskirts of the largest military base in the free world. Most of our families are connected to the military in some way.
To honor our community of veterans, our school holds an annual Veterans’ Day parade.
Military parents come in to walk through the halls with their respective student (s) while we line up to honor and appreciate them. It seems like a such a simple thing, but for so many of us with personal connections to the military, it actually becomes pretty emotional!
And to see the pride on the children’s faces as they walk through a cheering crowd with “their” veteran is priceless!
We celebrate our veterans by creating little soldiers and writing simple thank you notes. I have parents from years past that tell me they still have them. My husband actually took the one that my son made for him on his last deployment! Many of them have traveled the globe and the kids really get into the lesson because they can make such a personal connection to it!
I actually created the black line while looking at my husband’s uniform hung over the chair one night! Who says a Sharpie can’t be a girl’s best friend? =)
Some of our friends chose to create retro uniforms with hats.
While another group of our friends chose to draw and color theirs. I love the creativity that emerges from one idea being put in the hands of a number of different people. It’s fun to see each teacher’s and student’s personality shine through their work.
The real joy comes from seeing the appreciation felt by our military members when they see them! You can grab this little craft from my TPT or TN shop to create a smile for the veterans in your life!
Enjoy the rest of your long weekend and don’t forget to thank a veteran!