Three Ways To Show Your Support On Veterans Day Without Saying A Word

Veterans Day is just around the corner, and it's the perfect time to show how much you honor and appreciate the troops who have fought for freedom. But if you're on the shy side, the idea of saying "thank you" to the veterans in your life may be a bit intimidating. Thankfully, there are ways to more subtly show your support without having to talk to strangers or have uncomfortable conversations with your coworkers. Here are some ideas.

Wear a Flag Tie

If you don a flag tie featuring stars and stripes, you will be showing anyone who sees you that you take pride in your nation and its veterans. You may even find a flag tie that says "support our troops" or "honor veterans" on it. Look for a little flag bow tie if you want to be even more subtle about it! It's okay if your outfit does not really match. You want your flag ties to stand out, and that takes priority over having a perfectly coordinated suit on Veterans Day.

Wear a Poppy

Wearing a poppy is actually traditional on Memorial Day, rather than Veterans Day. The poppy comes from a poem written in 1915 and is supposed to be a memorial to those who have lost their lives in battle. You won't see a lot of people wearing poppies on Veterans Day, but people generally know that it's a sign of support for the military and service members. So sticking a red flower on your shirt is not a bad way to support veterans on Veterans Day too.

Post on Social Media

If you have a lot of friends on social media, posting about Veterans Day may actually show your support more than talking to people in person -- since more people will see your words. You don't have to write a book. Just a simple post that says "Thank you to all of our troops this Veterans Day" or "I support our troops this Veterans Day" will suffice. You can also link to any interesting articles you find about Veterans Day if you discover some information you think your friends may like to have.

When Veterans Day arrives, it's important to show your support, but you don't have to be vocal about it if that makes you feel uncomfortable. Wear a poppy or tie, and post on social media; whatever support you do have to offer is appreciated.