Besides the picnics and cookouts, swimming and summer fun, children can learn from us just what this day means in terms of freedom.
Share with your children about honor, pride, and service but also share with them about war, sacrifice, and loss. Help them to understand why we need our military and how important those who serve are to our freedom. Introduce them to a veteran so they can learn first hand what an honor it is to serve our country. Here are ways to include learning activities with the weekend celebrations.
- Make or write out cards to send to our service men and women currently overseas.
- Visit a veterans' home or nursing home and deliver Memorial Day Cards or treats.
- Attend a Memorial Day Parade
- Visit the library and look up a book on one of the wars fought so we can be free. There are several books at almost every age level appropriate for discussing with your child.
- Check with your school or church to find a child whose parent is away serving the military and make up a summer gift box to give to that child. Include a thank you card for the sacrifice the child makes when a parent is away from home.
- Visit a local cemetery with older children and find headstones that depict and honor those who have served and died for our freedom. Research the battle or war they fought in.