A Tribute to Fallen Soldiers
Remembrance Day this year will mark 100 years since the end of the Great War. Such a significant milestone should be appreciated, and tributes should be made across the country to pay our respects.
Without their sacrifice, we wouldn’t be who we are today.
Here are some of the best ways to pay tribute to veterans and fallen soldiers.
- Sponsor a thank you bouquet
If you’re unable to volunteer your time to decorate graves, consider sponsoring a bouquet of flowers.
There are a number of organisations that you can look to use that lays the bouquets at a War Memorial of your choice. Include a personalised message giving your thanks and even think about donating a little something as an extra thank you.
Alternatively, you could create a bouquet of flowers yourself and visit the cemetery. Decorate the graves of fallen soldiers in person to really honour those that have fallen in protecting our country.
- Watch the Remembrance Day service
This show goes on every year but the ceremony this year will be something you must tune into if you cannot attend.
Various TV channels will all be showing it, so you won’t miss it. There will be representatives from the Royal Family, people currently in service and veterans alike will all be present to pay their respects to the fallen soldiers.
Just by taking this time of your day will help you remember their sacrifice and is a great way to pay tribute.
- Fly the flag using proper mourning etiquette.
Half-staff is the proper etiquette to pay tribute to fallen soldiers and indicates it’s a time of mourning.
For those of you that have a flag on your property, lower it to half-staff until noon. After midday, you can then proceed to raise it back to its peak.
If your flags aren’t on a pole, you could try and replicate this by lowering them lower down on their support.
- Provide support to veterans’ families
There are plenty of ways that you can give support to their families.
For starters, if they suffer from PTSD, you could sponsor a dog to keep them company. More than a third of all Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have or will experience post-traumatic stress disorder. And veterans of past wars are still dealing with the ghosts of their time in the service. Coping with PTSD can put stress on not just veterans but also their families and friends.
There is also administrative work that you can help sort out. This could be doing it yourself or looking for specialists, such as DD214 Direct who find and deliver discharge documents on the veteran’s behalf.
- Visit a military memorial, museum, or monument.
There are many military memorials, museums, and monuments throughout the country. Take a day trip to one near you to learn about our military history or to pay your respects.
There will often be guided tours giving you all the details of what it was like to be a solider during those times. The insight provides a great opportunity to give thanks to those that actually went through it.
- Fall silent at 11:00am on Remembrance Day
At this time, you should be staying still and thinking about everything you are thankful for. Close your eyes and think about everything you have.
Veterans and fallen soldiers have fought so that you can live your life the way it is today so show your respects and fall silent.
- Post a tribute to a fallen hero on social media.
Do you have a friend or family member who died during Military Service? Post a picture and a written tribute to them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram—or all of the above!
Tell your followers what this person and their service meant to you and invite others to join the conversation by honouring their memory in their own words.
- Buy a poppy
This is a very simple and common method to pay tribute to veterans and fallen soldiers. The poppy has become associated with war heroes from the legendary poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae.
All proceeds that are generated form poppy sales are donated to charities that are dedicated to veterans across the country, so your generosity goes a long way.
It’s the ultimate sign that you remember what happened all those years ago so go out and buy a poppy to pay your respects.
By Sophie Garrod