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Showing Appreciation to Our Servicemen: How to Honor Those in Your Community Who Have Served

Memorial Day is coming up, and with that comes all things red, white, and blue.  While the parties, parades, and picnics are fun, it’s important to remember why we celebrate this holiday in the first place.  As a business owner, one of the best ways to remind yourself, and those around you (including your employees), about the importance of Memorial Day is by recognizing those who have served.  This is particularly important if you have someone on your staff who has served, or has been directly impacted by the military service.

So, how can you show appreciation for those who protect our country?  Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

Letters of Appreciation.

A subtle way to recognize those who have served in any capacity is to write out your thanks!  A simple note to tell them that you honor and appreciate the sacrifice they made is a great way to make sure they don’t go unnoticed on Memorial Day.  Don’t forget a note to anyone on your staff or in your immediate community (as in, personal contacts) who has lost a close loved one, such as a spouse or a child, to military service. They have sacrificed for our nation as well.

Appreciation Breakfast/Lunch.

If you have more than one military veteran on your staff or if you know multiple servicemen and women in your community, consider having a special breakfast or lunch to honor them.  It doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy, but the fact that you are wiling to publicly recognize their service goes a long way!  Only have one veteran on staff or only know a couple of contacts who have served?  Consider having a breakfast or lunch for him/her and their close family.  After all, like we said above, their families sacrificed during their time spent in service too!

Pay It Forward.

Another great way to recognize those who have served is to give back!  Making a donation in the name of your business, school, church, or even just your family to Wounded Warriors, or other veteran support resources is a wonderful thank-you to our military.  Make it better by having the donation made in honor of a veteran you know, and let them know what you did with a note or a printout of the donation.  We are sure this will make them feel appreciated AND you’ll be assisting other veterans just like them as they return home from service.

Lorio and Associates wants to extend our deepest gratitude to all who have served our country in any capacity, as well as those who have lost a loved one.  We honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives for our freedom.  We are proud of our veterans in and beyond the Polk County community!

Happy Memorial Day from Lorio and Associates!

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