During my undergraduate education, the school year didn't end until the weekend after Memorial Day and I stayed on campus for two years over July 4th, so I was really able to get my fill of patriotic fun (including Veteran's Day and 9/11 Memorial Celebrations). So, I wanted to share with you all some great ways that college students can help celebrate these great holidays and make great memories with your friends and college community!
1. Help with a Parade - Does your college town have a Memorial Day or Veteran's Day Parade? Why not volunteer to help organize it with the Chamber of Commerce or with the local American Legion. It could be something as simple as passing out waters or programs. If your town doesn't have a parade, why not meet with some business owners and try to organize one as a Capstone project. It would look great on your resume, especially if you want to do event planning or anything with hospitality!
2. Walk in a Parade - If you don't have enough time to volunteer or organize a parade, offer for your team or club to walk in it, holding a banner and passing out candy! It is a fun team bonding experience for you all as you say good-bye to your Seniors or welcome your Freshmen. It also looks good on your team's projects to have some local community activities on there too!
3. Table in the Student Union - Become more politically or patriotically active on your campus by setting up a table and display in the Student Union or Campus Center with information for students. It could be something as small as getting students registered to vote (perfect for this coming fall) or tabling to raise some money for a local VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). It is a great way to increase patriotism on your campus and to celebrate the lives and duties of our current soldiers and veterans!
4. Visit the Local Cemetery - Take a walk through your local cemetery with a group of friends to pay your respects to former veterans and fallen soldiers. You can help clean up some grave sites if there is garbage next to them and straighten out any flags you see. If the weather is nice, it will be great to get some fresh air and take a break from studying to do something nice for the community.
5. Profile a Veteran in the Paper - If you're involved in the newspaper on campus or a webblog for the campus, why not profile a local veteran or a member of the staff, faculty, or student body who are veterans or members of the ROTC. It is a great way to help gain awareness on your campus, especially if your campus has a high veteran population!
Celebrating America and the great holidays for our veterans is a great way to bring your college campus together, so the next time you have a reason to celebrate, why not take part in some of these patriotic suggestions. It is a great way to get involved on campus, while having fun, and doing some good!
I hope you all had a really great weekend with your families, friends, and local veterans!
enjoy the chase,