Ideas on honoring veterans at church

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Ideas on honoring veterans at church
Veterans risk their lives to protect their country. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Honouring veterans is important because they have risked their lives for the safety and security of their country. Church services can honour the brave men and women who have protected their country with their time in the armed services. Consider ways that your church can show honour and respect to your community of veterans.

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Special Service

Churches can offer a special service honouring military veterans. Invite the community to a time of reflection and thanks. Include songs of a patriotic and religious nature such as "God Bless America." The sermon should include a theme of thankfulness to God for protection and freedom as well as a thankfulness to the servicemen and women. A special gift can be given to the veterans who attend the service. A special book or thank-you notes created by the church Sunday school students make for nice gifts.

Reception

Hold a reception for military veterans at your church. Ask the families in the church to each provide a dish for the event. Decorate the fellowship hall with American flags and use red, white and blue tablecloths. Offer a cake for dessert. Have "Thank you" written on the top of the cake along with some red, white and blue flowers to decorate. Include a prayer for the food and add a blessing for all veterans.

Veterans Wall

Create a veterans wall in your church foyer. Hang framed pictures of all the servicemen and women who attend the church, as well as past members. Include other memorabilia of nostalgic or historical significance such as letters that veterans have written to the church or newspaper clippings about veterans from the church or family members of those in the church.

Financial Support

A church can honour veterans by giving financial support to them and their families. Establish a scholarship for veterans and their families. Ask church members for financial contributions to a scholarship fund for vets or for the children of military veterans. Deliver food baskets to vets and their families as another way to honour them.

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