Celebrating Patriotic Holidays in the Office
As Memorial Day approaches, we have been brainstorming ideas for bringing our appreciation for this wonderful country into the office. Many, if not all of these ideas will also work for Veterans Day, Independence Day, President’s Day, #NationalPoliceWeek- ok, all patriotic holidays! The United States of America, was founded as “One Nation Under God” and we celebrate that every day.
Dress to Impress Uncle Sam
Invite employees to come best dressed in their best “red, white and blue” and have a special prize ready like this executive massage chair or Amazon gift card.
Remember These Brave Faces
Find a decorative U-S-A banner or even some twine will work for your patriotic holidays. As you hang the string across an entry, corner or on a wall, you can invite coworkers to participate. When office mates bring in photos of military family members and loved veterans, conversation ensues. Don’t be surprised when internal communication and morale is boosted as coworkers share stories from their history.
Mini-Celebration, Major Appreciation for Patriotic Holidays
Never underestimate the power of a free lunch or a patriotic cake and ice cream party. Kick it up a notch and make it a potluck extended lunch in the conference room. You can always buy a last minute strawberries and blueberries with whipped topping as a patriotic and nutritious snack for your office pals. A nice little afternoon break will encourage conversation of what it means to live and work in the United States.
Do something nice for veterans as a group. Take up a collection of money for a local nonprofit. Or have everyone write a note of gratitude on the thank you notes (that you have provided and will mail) to current military with an organization like Operation Gratitude. You can also take registrations for an upcoming 5K or volunteer event to benefit veterans.
Many vets, especially those who are infirm or disabled, have trouble making it to their doctor appointments. If you have a driver’s license, you can volunteer for the Department of Veterans Affairs (DAV) Transportation Network, a service provided by all 197 VA medical facilities. To help, contact the hospital service coordinator [PDF] at your local VA Hospital. – Mental Floss
Insta-USA for Patriotic Holidays
Use quotes, images, and other posts on social media to show your support for those who have lost their lives for our country.
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How do you celebrate being a proud American? Let us know in the comments below.