Do your children know why Memorial Day is a national holiday? Do they know the purpose of Memorial Day? ( The answer to that question is not to have picnics and BBQ’s and to have fun.)
Memorial Day is an important holiday established to give us a time to honor and remember the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States.
So, following are some ways to discover with your kids the meaning of Memorial Day:
Honor and Respect
Visit a local Veteran’s cemetery. Almost every community has some sort of a war memorial.
Visit and Pay Tribute
Take cookies, books, or movies to a nearby Veteran’s hospital.
Celebrate with a Parade
Go to a Memorial Day parade. To find one near you visit vetfriends.com. Or, watch the National Memorial Day Parade on television.
This link provides kids an online scavenger hunt that helps them learn about the history of Memorial Day.
Recognize our Heroes
Teach your children about medals of honor. You can print a Medal of Honor coloring book and learn the history behind our brave Soldiers.
Educate with History
Watch a movie and learn some history about famous battles of the past. The History Channel and The Military Channel have many shows that might fit this bill.
Create with Crafts
Visit enchantedlearning.com and find Memorial Day coloring pages, craft projects, word searches, quizzes and more.
Break Bread Together
Allrecipes.com has some great Memorial Day recipes for the holiday.
If parents and teachers take the time to acknowledge the meaning of Memorial Day, they’ll pass on to their children and students the same appreciation and habit.
Take the time.