Honoring Memorial Day with Kids

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is here and so many of us have gone about this weekend with our traditions, maybe with family, or cooking out, or even at the lake. It is a holiday many of us looked forward to at the end of the school year, but it also a holiday with a lot of meaning.

Death is a hard topic for many of us, especially with kids. Death in war can even be more difficult to explain but it doesn’t diminish the importance of the sacrifice that was made. Memorial Day is a holiday that emerged to honor those generations of men who perished in our nation’s deadliest war, the American Civil War. It was a war that touched nearly every family in our small country.

The tradition of honoring men and women who gave their lives in service to our country continued until 1971 when it became a national holiday. War itself is a topic that has touched the lives of many in our country as men and women of every generation continue to put their lives on the line for our country.

It was a day chosen in May so that flowers would be in bloom all over. It is a day that we can share with our children about the bravery of men and women in the military. It is a day we can venture to a military cemetery and place flowers to honor the lives of those who gave it all.  Thanks in part to their sacrifices it is also a day you can celebrate your own traditions.

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