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5 Activities to Honor Veterans on Veterans Day in Senior Living

November 1, 2023
Freddie Peyerl
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Freddie Peyerl

Veterans Day is a special occasion to honor and show appreciation to the brave men and women who have served in the military. In senior living communities, it's a meaningful opportunity to recognize and celebrate the sacrifices and contributions of resident veterans. To make Veterans Day memorable and special, consider organizing activities that pay tribute to these heroes. In this blog post, we'll explore five activities that can help honor veterans in senior living communities on Veterans Day.

1. Veterans Recognition Ceremony

A Veterans Recognition Ceremony is a poignant and heartfelt way to honor resident veterans on Veterans Day. This ceremony can include the following elements:

  • Presentation of Certificates: Provide certificates of appreciation to each veteran, recognizing their service and dedication.
  • Flag Presentation: Display the American flag and present it to the veterans. This symbolizes the gratitude and respect of the community.
  • Guest Speakers: Invite guest speakers, including veterans, local dignitaries, or community leaders, to share their experiences and express gratitude.
  • Veterans' Stories: Encourage resident veterans to share their military stories and experiences with the community. These personal narratives are both educational and moving.
  • Musical Performances: Arrange for musical performances that feature patriotic songs and melodies, creating a solemn and uplifting atmosphere.
  • Moment of Silence: Observe a moment of silence to remember and pay respects to fallen comrades and those who are no longer with us.

2. Veteran Photo Display

Create a veteran photo display within the senior living community. This display can be a dedicated area where the photographs and brief biographies of resident veterans are showcased. Encourage veterans to provide photos from their time in the service, along with any memorabilia or medals they may have. It's a powerful way to preserve their legacy and for others to learn about their experiences.

3. Patriotic Crafts and Art Activities

Organize craft and art activities that allow residents to express their patriotism and creativity. These activities can include:

  • Flag Painting: Provide art supplies and guidance for residents to paint their own flags or patriotic scenes.
  • Handmade Cards: Encourage residents to create thank-you cards for veterans, which can be sent to local veterans' organizations or distributed within the community.
  • Memory Boxes: Residents can design memory boxes to store mementos and keepsakes from their military service.
  • Decorations: Create patriotic decorations, such as banners, flags, and paper poppies, to adorn common areas in the community.

These creative activities not only engage residents but also produce tangible and meaningful items that celebrate Veterans Day.

4. Documentary Screening

Screening a documentary that focuses on the experiences of veterans can be an informative and moving way to honor them. Choose a documentary that tells the stories of veterans from different eras and branches of the military. Following the screening, you can hold a discussion where residents can share their own experiences and reflections.

5. Patriotic Parade

Organize a patriotic parade within the senior living community. Encourage residents, staff, and their families to participate by decorating wheelchairs, scooters, or other mobility devices with patriotic colors and symbols. As the parade marches through the community, residents and staff can cheer, wave flags, and show their support for veterans.

Invite local schools or scouting organizations to participate in the parade, adding a sense of community and intergenerational connection. Ensure that the parade route passes by the veteran photo display, so that veterans are recognized and appreciated by all participants.


Veterans Day is an opportunity to show appreciation and honor the service and sacrifice of resident veterans in senior living communities. These activities are a heartfelt and meaningful way to celebrate this special day. By organizing ceremonies, creating displays, engaging in patriotic crafts, screening documentaries, and hosting parades, senior living communities can ensure that their veteran residents feel valued, appreciated, and respected for their contributions to their country.