MEMORIAL DAY is the ideal time to honor any active military in your family or neighborhood with a Gratitude Vision Board and to salute the fallen and veterans of past service with a Tribute Board.
Here are five simple steps to creating a Tribute Board for the fallen or for those veterans who served in the past:
1) Take a moment with your family or just your own memories to remember the key events and experiences in the Veteran's life that were not military related. Remember the fun things he or she did -- like play softball or make a great apple pie. Jot down a couple of those things. NOTE: if you're doing this as a family make it a group visioning process. And add a sense of ritual to the experience too. If the Veteran that you're honoring liked to play softball then go ahead and take the family to the park and play softball in his or her tribute BEFORE you make the vision board.
The whole concept in sharing your vision and honoring and creating a Gratitude or Tribute vision board is to make the experience an active one that benefits everyone involved. If the veteran loved Chocolate ice cream - make sure you have some on hand to serve on completion of the board and set a dish out in his or her honor!
2) Gather some pictures of the Veteran --in active duty clothing or if that if you're not ready to picture the veteran in uniform pick a favorite pix from his/her past that shows their character.
3) Get pictures of symbols and or logos that show a bit more about the person's life -- maybe the company they worked for or the division of the military service they served in ie Marines, Air Force, Army, Navy.
4) If you're ready emotionally add a few favorite pictures from the military person's departure -- whether it was to overseas post or maybe even the final tribute if you feel positive when looking at those pictures.
Note, you have to be ready. I was going to make a tribute for my dad shortly after he passed, but I wasn't ready to create one until last fall for Veteran's Day honor.
And now this Memorial Day I decided to jazz up the Tribute Board and add some fun embellishments so that the Tribute board would be more interesting to look at so yes, I just updated my Veteran's Day board for Memorial day. Remember every vision board should be a work-in-progress. There is nothing static about showing Gratitude or giving TRIBUTE
In creating the new Tribute Vision Board for Memorial day ,I cherish some of the pictures we took the Ohio Cemetary and apprecfiate the military who were involved in the ceremony.
And of course hearing the TAPS music that he always loved " Days is Done Gone the Sun...so many times my dad would look at the sunset and say that.. but every morning he was ready for Reveille too!
5) Add some key words that remind you of your veteran-- and if you're not ready to for words just add a favorite quote or a phrase that comes to mind. You can always update this Tribute Board later. For example for my Memorial Day tribute to my dad, I added a great quote from Maya Angelou but stayed with the simple phrase TAPS FOR FRANK. I let the pictures do the talking in this Tribute board.
WORKING WITH ACTIVE MILITARY FAMILIES
If you're working with an active military family to honor one of their active soldiers, then you may want to include some fun pix that person has sent via email or family pix showing the military person playing pool or riding his or her motorcycle or some kind of action activities since those are often the best memories we have of the person.
You can make your board as personal as you want or it can just be symbolic with pictures you're reacy to share with those who will see it if you want to display it in your office or home.
Don't force yourself to add any pictures that don't bring a smile to your face. Okay there may be a tear in your eye but remember the purpose is to bring Tribute and to offer Gratitude for their service.
If you're comfortable adding some key words like PEACE PLEASE or a line from a prayer, now's the time to do it. You can type out the prayer in script on your computer or have a family member with great penmanship or calligraphy actually artfully design it for you to add to your board.
Don't forget Tribute is a project in progress...you can begin with a few pictures and add more later.
And you can always update your board with pictures from the veteran when she or he returns to your fold!
Blogger Joyce Schwarz, www.visionboard.info and best-selling author of THE VISION BOARD book: the secret to an extraordinary life, created this Tribute Vision Board for her dad to honor him with some pictures from his final tribute and some fun lifetime pix that show some of his favorite things.\
When creating your Memorial Day Gratitude or Tribute Board make sure it's something that you will cherish and want to look at again. Don't create something so somber that you want to throw it in the back of the closet.
Embellishments help, for example I added lots of colorful stars and this time even cut out the outline of my dad playing softball, one of my childhood memories - seeing him pitch a no-hitter!
Memorial Day Tribute Vision Board created by Joyce Schwarz, best-selling author THE VISION BOARD book to honor her dad and other veterans and military families. Go to www.visionboard.info to see 5 simple steps to creating a Tribute or Gratitude vision board for Memorial Day.
Go ahead -- start slowly with just a few pictures or a few key words and then add more as you become ready to honor the Veterans in your life!