On Memorial Day, we honor the brave men and women who have fought for our country over the years. Kids like it because it is a holiday from school, but we can educate them about its importance in a fun way.

If there is a military memorial within easy driving distance, consider visiting so you children can learn about those who fought for their country. Local memorial walls list names of local veterans of the past and present, and you could point out any relatives whose names are listed. Take some paper and crayons along, place the paper over the name, and rub the crayon across for an image of any notable names.

Military cemeteries also provide a wealth of information about veterans of the past. The more elaborate tombstones and monuments are a sight to behold, so don’t forget the camera. Bring flowers along and place them on the graves of veterans in the family, or on tombs of unknown soldiers.

If you can’t make a trip for Memorial Day, there are often television specials dedicated to veterans. Check your local listings for programs that are educational yet appeal to children. Watch it with the kids, and answer any questions they may have.

There is also plenty of information online pertaining to veterans. Do a search for Memorial Day activities, and you will find many worthwhile things for children to do. You can find addresses of troops currently serving in the military and write them letters, news about current missions, educational worksheets, and much more.

Care packages for troops are a popular Memorial Day activity, and teach children about helping those who are risking their lives for the country they live in. Information about where to send them is easily obtainable online, and you can also find lists of items needed. Care packages do not have to be expensive. You can send sample-sized personal care items, snacks, tissues, and other small things that make a big difference.

Many towns have Memorial Day parades or festivals. These are fun and educational. Check your local paper or community calendar to find out when and where they will be held. Then take the kids, and be sure to point out any special exhibits.

If you know any veterans personally, you could arrange for your children to meet them. There is no better way to learn about veterans than from a veteran himself. Have the kids write down any questions they have ahead of time, and perhaps arrange a dinner.

Teaching kids the importance of Memorial Day is good for them, and is a good way to honor those who serve and have served in the military. If you make learning about it fun and interesting, the children will remember the sacrifices that soldiers have made for the rest of their lives.

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Kim said... @ 5/27/2007 2:01 AM

You have a great blog here!!!!
I love the colours that you have chosen....and your kids...sound and look like they are having a wonderful time in their learning environment....you are doing a great job!!!!!
regards Kim

EJ Cooksey said... @ 5/27/2007 11:12 AM

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