Ideas for a Wonderful Group Veteran Field Trip
It’s a funny thing: when you’re younger, it seems like time can’t go rapidly enough. You’re anxious to be old enough to drive, date, start your first job, marry, have children, and pursue your life dream in college. When you’re a small person, each week, day, and month can seem to tick slowly by, and all of those life events seem like they’re never going to arrive. Time seems like cold molasses. And then, one by one, almost without you realizing it, they start happening, and the ride seems to accelerate. Unexpectedly, you find yourself approaching middle age, with an established career and maybe a family of your own and you start to realize that the ride will be over before you realize it. It becomes clear that time is brief and doesn’t stop for anyone.
The good irony is that, though time seems to be speeding by, we have substantial moments that take place and they change us. Due to how they affect us, we search for some way to memorialize them, to consider them and pass those memories on to those who follow after us. With big life events that are a shared experience for many individuals and shape a nation, we erect monuments and tell the story of history for those who would like to come and see.
That last example is surely true of war monuments and museums, and for all those that served, these are sacred places that strive to reverence an experience that was profoundly personal and shaped the lives of many. Visiting these places can be a great activity for a commemorative veteran sightseeing tour, and if you’re putting together a special occasion for a group of veterans, here are some things to bear in mind.
Plan ahead for food (and lodging if necessary). If you’re doing a day trip or overnight excursion, you’ll have to figure out how to manage food for a large group of people. Find out if they offer a discount to a huge group (since you’re bringing them lots of business).
Call ahead to request tickets if you’re taking a large group. You don’t want to undergo all the hassle of getting everyone together and arrive, only to be told that they can’t accommodate a group of that size that day. You can also find out what other things are available to see or do at the monument when you call. Is there a special commemorative film to see? Is there an outlet for veterans to share their experiences and add to the “memory bank” of that place? These excellent questions to ask as you are planning out the day. And while you’re at it, inquire about group rates. Usually they’ll have a senior rate, but they likely also offer a special rate for veterans themselves and their families.
Think about setting up a brochure, pamphlet, or program with details that would be of interest to your group of veterans. This was likely a large part of their life story and it isn’t something they get to talk about consistently with others who can relate to it. Due to this, it’s nice to make it something that will take them back in time and let them revisit those memories, whether they be painful or victorious. Having something to provide about your visit for the day will be meaningful and valued.
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As you aim to put a field trip for veterans together that will be meaningful and something to remember, paying attention to the details is vital. We hope that all the details come together and that it’s something everyone will always remember!