Memorial Day 2015

Teaching our children about the significance of Memorial Day

By Ann Brasco, NJ.com

It was almost five decades ago that the last Monday in May was declared a federal holiday in remembrance of the men and women who have died in wars or in service to their country.

As much as Memorial Day remains a day of reflection and honor, its meaning is often overshadowed by summer barbecues, shore traffic, mega-store sales, blockbuster movie releases, and the long, awaited three-day weekend.

Our children, whether they are age four or fifteen, will understand Memorial Day in the context in which we present it. We owe it to both those who have honored our lives with great sacrifice and to our children to let them know that Memorial Day means much more than a celebration of the unofficial start of summer.

In a country rich with decades of examples of heroic sacrifice, honor, and bravery, it becomes our tasks as parents and caregivers to highlight information that means something and pass it along to our children.

Here are some unique ways in which we can remember those we honor on Memorial Day:

Read more here.

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