Encourage Kids to Write Veterans Day Letters

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Veterans Day often slips by in that space between back-to-school routine-setting and Thanksgiving vacation. Yet it’s an important day to honor and thank our veterans for their service. Helping kids write meaningful Veterans Day letters to active duty or retired service members is a simple way to celebrate this holiday.

Julie Kieras, stay-at-home mom and blogger at Happy Strong Home, has created some tips, letter writing prompts and a free printable to help get kids started writing letters to veterans.


In our age of quick texts, and not much longer emails, it’s easy for kids to exercise only informal writing skills. We just don’t have as many occasions to write formal, handwritten letters! Still, letter writing is a wonderful communication tool, and hand-written letters are much appreciated by the receiver!

In Julie’s blog post, Veterans Day Letter Writing for Kids, she suggests five simple ideas to help kids write letters this year.


The first tip is actually having the kids start by reading a good book! She gives suggestions for children’s books like Letters to a SoldierCorduroy Writes a Letter and Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood.

She also provides a free download: a Veterans Day poppy-themed printable writing page.

Read the complete blog for all of the tips, an overview of letter writing format, ways to cultivate thankfulness for veterans and ideas for encouraging them.

Make a pen and write a letter


Julie also encourages people to visit their local Woodcraft to make a pen for a service member during the Turn for Troops annual event on November 5 and 6, at participating Woodcraft stores.

“The pens created in these classes are FREE to make and FREE to the Veterans! This is a great opportunity to visit a local business, learn a skill, AND make a veteran smile to get a beautiful pen,” she wrote.


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