I love establishing meaningful family traditions, things that will bring us together in a way that honors our beliefs and reinforces our values. We have daily traditions that do just this. Every morning we wake up with a thank you to God for this beautiful day. Every evening, we read books. Jesus and books are right up there at the top of our list of things we love.
Not that long ago, my husband and I decided that one of our traditions as a family will be to attend Tampa Bay Veterans Day Celebrations and Memorial Day Celebrations. We have each already done this on our own or together for years, and it’s something we would like to share with our children.
We want our kids to know that we honor those who have served and those who have given their lives for our American freedom. What better way to teach them this than to actively demonstrate our appreciation for the sacrifices made by so many members of our military and their families?
If you are like us, then you may be on the hunt for Tampa Bay Veterans Day Celebrations. I’ve done a little bit of research, and put together a list of some events happening around the Tampa Bay Area.
Here’s a list of some 2017 Tampa Bay Area Veterans Day events:
Veterans Day Parade at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital
November 10th from 10am to 12pm
1300 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612
More info: Veterans Day Ceremony & Parade
Veterans Day Service at Curlew Hills Memorial Gardens
November 11th from 9:30am to 10:30am
1750 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, FL 34683
More info: Veterans Day Service
Veterans Day Parade at Main Street Zephyrhills
November 11th from 9:30am to 11:00am
38537 5th Ave., Zephyrhills, FL 33542
More info: Veterans Day Parade
Veterans Day Parade at Town-n-Country
November 11th from 10am to 12pm
7000 Hanna Ave W, Tampa, FL 33615
More info: Veterans Day Parade
Veterans Day Celebration at City of Safety Harbor
November 11th from 11am to 12pm
750 Main St., Safety Harbor, FL 34695
More info: Veterans Day Celebration
Our kids are pretty young. Much of the actual event might be lost on them, but the message to the veterans in attendance will not be lost. They will see that we are there to honor and celebrate them. Plus, it’s the beginning of a tradition. They may not remember their exact experience this year, but we are building something together, something that has meaning as we do it together.
I plan to do a relevant craft with the kids this week. We’ll print an image of the American flag that the kids can color while we talk about Veterans day and what it means to serve in our American military. You can click here for a free American Flag Printable.
If your children are older, you may want to consider a craft that is a better match for their age-level. They can make a thank you card to give a veteran, using red, white, and blue as their theme colors. The veteran could be a family member, someone you know through an organization like Church, or even a veteran who you meet at a Veterans Day event that you attend as a family.
Hope you have a wonderful Veterans Day weekend, honoring and celebrating those who have served for our country!