Look them in the eye and say, ‘Thank you for your service’

LifeChanger of the Year finalist Keil Hileman has one piece of advice when it comes to Veterans Day (well, really any day of the year): If you see someone who has served our country, look them in the eye and say, “thank you for your service.”

Keil, a man of many words and artifacts, is particularly passionate about this day of remembrance. He’s best known for his evolving classroom museum which holds more than 80,000 historical artifacts in his high school in Shawnee, Kansas. The museum has become cherished by the entire community, uniting imaginative young children all the way up to reflective aged grandparents. Even the local businesses have come to greatly value its presence and often donate money and artifacts to its cause.

This legendary educator has a deep appreciation for history and all of the individuals who’ve sacrificed their lives for the world we live in today. He’ll tell you that freedom isn’t free after all. Sharing his passion and knowledge with his greater community is clearly his calling. In a “normal” year, Keil would typically be traveling school to school to offer dynamic in-person presentations for Veterans Day. This year is anything but normal and so he has produced a virtual lesson jam-packed with fascinating facts and appreciation for our Veterans.

This week, take 30 minutes out of your day to enjoy this lesson — in the video below or at this link — with your children, family and friends. And please don’t forget to say, “thank you for your service”, the next time you see someone who has served our country.

Learn more about Keil Hileman on his LifeChanger of the Year profile.