Teaching the meaning of Memorial Day to your children can be a challenge.
For many Americans, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. We enjoy getting out camping or having a barbecue, but to military families, the meaning runs much deeper than a casual barbecue.
We as the general public should remember and teach our children why there is a day of observance to honor those who sacrifice for our country.
The simplest thing you can do to explain and honor this holiday with your children is to spend time talking to them about what Memorial Day means to you. Take the day to talk & reflect on the subject of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Here are a few ideas for things to do with your kids as you talk to them about the meaning of Memorial Day.
* Honor and Respect
Put flowers on graves at the Veteran's cemetery.
* Visit and Pay Tribute
Take a Thank You to a Military Relitive.
Take Thank You cards, cookies, books, or movies to
the Veteran's Hospital and visit those who don't have
Go to www.anysoldier.com and send something to a
Tell them a story about one of their ansestors that served
in the military.
* Celebrate with a Parade
Watch the Memorial Day Parade on TV or dress up and
make homemade instruments and hold your own parade.
* For older kids you can tune into the History Channel or the
Military Channel or rent a movie about some of the
famous battles of the past.
* Teach your children about Medals of Honor, go to the link
http://www.homeofheroes.com/coloringbook/ for a free
Medals of Honor printable coloring book.
* Make it fun with activities or craftsHere are a few ideas:
Paint Rocks for Table Cloth Weights
Decorate Jars for Candles for the Barbecue Table
Get Red, White and Blue sidewalk Chalk and create Patriotic Art
Make a Patriotic Hand Print Picture
Make fun Patriotic Treats Together
HAVE A GREAT MEMORIAL DAY HONORING OUR MILITARY
AND APPRECIATING OUR FREEDOM!!