Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Meaning of Memorial Day

On the way home from school the other day, my son asked me why they got Memorial Day off school. I realized that we had spent previous Memorial Day having cookouts and relaxing, but that I never explained the meaning of Memorial Day to my kids. I explained to them that the day was to honor veterans who have served our country, but realized that I wanted to help them to understand the meaning a bit more.

After looking online, I found this great article, “Teach Kids the Meaning of Memorial Day” that gives some very concrete ways to help your children understand the holiday. So this Memorial Day we are going to make a flag craft and write a letter to soldiers overseas.

How do you help you kids understand the meaning of Memorial Day?


  1. jennifer, great post and so important. Holidays can just zoom by us and as a parent, we don't think about the special meanings.

  2. It sounds to me like you're describing Veteran's Day. Memorial Day honors members of the armed forces who died in conflict. While very young children won't yet be able to understand the distinction, I think each group is deserving of individual honor and gratitude.

    Glad I found your blog. We're trying several of your ideas. Thanks!

  3. Carolyn, So glad you are enjoying the blog! Great point about the distinction between Memorial and Veterns Day. Since my son is young I was simplifying it for him, but will be sure to tell him about the difference between the two holidays when he gets bigger. You are totally correct that each group is deserving of invidual honor.

    Look forward to seeing you on the blog!