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Can you recommend some good Veterans Day images?

I need them for two projects: Veterans Day decorations for a small church-funded day school with a low budget, and Veterans Day cards that the kids can take on an excursion to thank the patients at the VA nursing home. These Veterans Day images should be wholesome, cheerful, and free.

Deborah Edwards

in Events and Holidays

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Aaron Lee on November 7, 2018

There are lots of Veterans Day image collections online. Many offer printables of flags, parades, and patriotic messages.

For a community like a church school where the children probably know the patients well, you might want to print images from the official Veterans Administration poster collection at https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/gallery.asp. While these images are probably familiar to nursing home patients, that familiarity might work as memory triggers for patients who want to share stories.

Another idea that might appeal to community members is using your own local images—neighborhood parades, family photos, hometown scenes. Since you asked about holiday-specific images, people in nursing homes usually like images of their own homes, new or old. Homemade cards from grandchildren are usually favorites.

Many artists and photographers donate images to three online communities: Flickr, Morguefile, and Pixabay. Non-commercial use of this clip art is free to members, and membership is free, although they ask that you credit the source. (They also like it if you create images that are good enough to give back to the community.) These graphics are donated in good faith and should be safe to view, download, or print from any device. Some may need to be resized. Here are the current Veterans Day collections.

https://www.flickr.com/groups/veteransday/pool/  

https://morguefile.com/photos/morguefile/1/veterans%20day/pop   

https://pixabay.com/en/photos/?q=veterans+day&hp=&image_type=all&order=popular&cat=&min_width=&min_height=   

For additional Veterans Day decoration possibilities, there’s always the tradition of red, white, and blue stars and stripes, printed on fabric or paper. Table centerpieces, draperies, party tablecloths, etc., for all the patriotic holidays are traditionally made of cheap cotton or synthetic fabric called bunting. You may find these in the school supply closet, in a store, or online at sites like Amazon or Walmart.com. Discount stores usually stock selections in bulk.

They’re not free, so all I’ll say is that one way to thank veterans can be buying the things disabled veterans and the relatives who stay home to take care of them make and sell on sites like Ebay, Etsy, and Zazzle. While several artisans offer Veterans Day card selections, know your sources. Use of patriotic images does not always correlate with veteran status.

Kayla Bowen9 months ago

This is true. Some real veterans and their caregivers create art that helps people forget wars and wartime military service. Some of the biggest Veterans Day image collections are posted by foreigners hoping to exploit the US market. (Did you know that most of the flags Americans wave are made in China now?) Some veterans do enjoy all the flag and patriotic images, military history, military bands’ music, whereas others are glad to be home and don’t even mention on their web sites that they are disabled veterans.

Some people actually feel that if they can still make and sell stuff, they’re not “really” disabled. I’ve known veterans who were blind, had lost arms or legs, and had other permanent physical conditions that limited their eligibility for most jobs, who had their own businesses and donated heavily to funds for what they called “really” disabled veterans—in nursing homes.

 

Emily Alexander9 months ago

When Veterans Day images or other printables for primary school kids to use are free, who cares if they are made in China. When you have money to spend, then it’s nice to buy Veterans Day cards that were designed by actual veterans. I think it’s more patriotic to buy greeting cards for all occasions, with a landscape picture or a joke, from a veteran or care giver than to buy the flags and bunting from someone who is just trying to make money on whatever they think will sell.


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