Thursday, May 26, 2016

Ideas to Honor Memorial Day

Written by, Bernadyn Nettles

Memorial Day is this coming Monday, although in the United States, many of us are celebrating the holiday the entire weekend. It's one of the long weekends many look forward to since schools and business are closed, leaving a Monday to relax and take time off from the daily grind. However, Memorial Day's meaning is also lost on many. The reason we have this holiday is unknown to some people, mostly younger people and our children. This weekend is a wonderful opportunity to teach them and show them ways to honor the holiday while enjoying it.

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What is Memorial Day?


Memorial Day is often mistaken as similar to Veterans Day. The meaning behind Memorial Day is in the title of the holiday -- a memorial, a day of remembrance to those who have died while serving in the U.S. military. The designated day is the last Monday in May. Veterans Day is to honor all who have served in the U.S. military, living and dead. Veterans Day is super important, too, of course. Anyone who has served has played a major role in helping us to uphold our freedom.

Memorial Day isn't just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that's a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It's a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it. ~Pete Hegseth
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Memorial Day isn't just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that's a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It's a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it. Pete Hegseth
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_memorialday.html
Memorial Day isn't just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that's a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It's a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it. Pete Hegseth
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_memorialday.html
Memorial Day isn't just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that's a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It's a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it. Pete Hegseth
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_memorialday.html

If your child is old enough to understand, there are plenty of great ideas to do with your kids this weekend and on Memorial Day to help them learn more about the holiday.

  • Tell them why it's important. Read about the history together of how it began.
  • Talk about loved ones or friends who have family members who have died serving in the military.
  • Share memories of those military women and men you have lost. Take a moment of silence with your child to remember them. 
  • Display their photo and/or a folded flag at the table to remember them.
  • Display the U.S. flag inside your home or outside.
  • Wear red, white, and blue.
  • Decorate your house with Memorial Day colors and decor.
  • Take your kids to parades or events in your city during Memorial Day.
  • Celebrate the day by doing something fun, especially if it's an activity a lost loved one who served would have enjoyed. Maybe that person enjoyed barbecues or heading to the beach on Memorial Day; take time for that activity, if possible, to honor his memory.

Here are some posts that include more ideas on how to honor Memorial Day:


A visit to Arlington will change forever how you celebrate Memorial Day. Double click on the image to read the 5-minute devotion, "Remembering -- A Post from Arlington."

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 Head over here for a fun and free Memorial Day printable for kids.

memorial day worksheets printable kids | Memorial Day {FREEBIE!}:

Red Poppies Poem by Moina Michael


In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael replied with her own poem:
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
Enjoying time with family and friends, hanging out at the beach, or eating tasty food at a barbecue are all traditional ways to celebrate Memorial Day. I think as long as we know why we're celebrating is what's important and to acknowledge those who sacrificed their lives who gave us that freedom to celebrate. 

What do you plan to do on this long weekend? Share and let me know, I'd love to hear it!

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