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June 21, 2024

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Teach Kids About Memorial Day

Memorial Day is filled with travels and the start of summer vacations, but in between the activities, make sure your kids know what this holiday is really about.

It’s time for the summer season to begin with pool days, barbecues and afternoons that stretch into the night, but as the Memorial weekend begins, take a pause with the kids. Teach kids about Memorial Day. While summers are filled with fun, this holiday has a somber meaning, too. It’s a time to reflect on the military and how soldiers protect our country and have done so for years. Of course, you don’t want to frighten children, but awareness is good. Use your judgment about what’s appropriate to tell your kids about Memorial Day.

Teach Kids About Memorial Day

— Memorial Day is a federal holiday to remember and honor people who have died while serving our country in the armed forces. It is a day to remember those who have given their lives for the freedoms we enjoy.

— It was started in 1868 as “Decoration Day” then changed in 1967 to Memorial Day.

— Many Memorial Day services and ceremonies honor veterans. There is also a National Memorial Day Concert on TV each year. You can watch that with your kids here.

— Many people fly the American flag at their homes on Memorial Day. Let your child be a part of that process.

— Many people participate in the National Moment of Remembrance for one minute at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day. It is a moment of silence for all Americans who wish to voluntarily observe Memorial Day in their own way.

— Some families will do arts and craft projects or even make a patriotic dessert as a way of letting children know that remembering our armed forces and the sacrifices they have made is a good thing to do.


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