Memorial Day begins the summer holidays with warm weather, barbeques, bean bags (if you’re my family), and all manner of outdoor activities. For most people, this is a time to get together with family and friends to celebrate each other. However, for many more families this is a time to celebrate and remember fallen loved ones or soldier’s who are currently on active duty.
This is a challenging holiday to explain to young children. There aren’t any presents or cute mascots and it can just feel like a day off from work. It also involves some very strong feelings and American history dating back to the 1860’s and the Civil War.
This is why I’ve selected this book as an easy introduction to a holiday commemorating the dead. Simple pictures and language explain how after the Civil War families from the north and south wanted to honor their fallen soldier’s and show their gratitude for sacrifices that were made.
Taking a few minutes out of your previously scheduled family barbeque to sit down with your children and talk about the meaning behind this holiday will create a life-long appreciation for the troops and reinforce how very grateful we all are for our families and friends on Memorial Day.
Patty Corcoran, Marketing Coordinator