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Welcome Home, Veteran: My Son, My Daughter

They give up comforts so we can live in freedom. They leave their families behind to protect ours. They return changed by their experiences, and they are in need of our love and support. As you celebrate Veterans Day, giving compassion to those who serve and their families, think how your congregation can continue to find opportunities to support them year round.

A Veterans Day resource bundle is now available. Order this free resource here

Included in this bundle are worship resources, (i.e. sermon starters, order of worship, worship graphics, direct mail poster and bulletin covers) that can be used for a Sunday service or an off-site celebration/commemoration service.

Download "Welcome Home: A Veterans Day Worship Packet"
This packet is filled with ideas to enhance your worship experience.Features include a sample order of worship, a sermon starter, and small group discussion questions, as well as many more ideas on how to include veterans and soldiers in the service, and how to engage the congregation before, during and after the worship service.

Free Graphics to Download

Download this graphics bundle
This zipped file contains 2 bulletin covers, worship graphics and a postcard.

Once you have downloaded the new Veterans Day materials above, visit the links below for more tips and ideas to honor and support veterans and military families on Veterans Day and beyond.

Download promotion flyers
Color and black & white available in this PDF.

Get Involved

The list below includes information from other United Methodist agencies regarding Veterans Day and military support. Explore each to learn more and collect more ideas to use locally.

Veteran's Day: A Time to Remember and Support Bulletin Insert/Flyer is an interfaith resource full of suggestions of what faith communities can do to support veterans and their families. This resource is also available in Spanish.

Visit the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry for Worship Resources, including guidelines for multifaith prayer services, mental health ministries and services of healing.

Browse through the United Methodist Church's military portal for ideas on how to stay involved year-round.

Visit the General Board of Discipleship's page with further suggestions for observing Veteran's Day in worship.

Quick Links

For further reading, the links to these blog posts and articles provide insights into current ministries and more.

The Act of Listening as a Means of Healing from The Rev. Larry Hollon

We Honor Veterans Hospice