When I was a little girl my grandmother crocheted an afghan for me that was red, white, and blue. I am not sure if I was patriotic before that but I loved that afghan – it was my favorite for years! As I grew up, my love for patriotic things and the colors red, white, and blue have continued. Patriotic holidays are so much fun!
Memorial Day is also fun for us because my husband’s birthday is around that time and sometimes falls on Memorial Day. By then we have celebrated three other birthdays in the previous four weeks, but we will find any excuses to party!
Growing up, holidays were all about the food. On Labor Day we would have ribs, on New Year’s Eve we had party food, on Memorial Day bratwurst and German potato salad. I seriously knew the holiday by the foods we would eat. It was not until I had children that I started looking deeper into the meaning behind holidays. Interestingly, my father had been in the Army. He was in Germany during the Berlin Crisis. Both of my grandfathers served in the military. One grandfather served in World War I. Knowing this, I am surprised we did not focus more on the purpose for Memorial Day.
Memorial Day is a great opportunity to teach your children about the sacrifices that these wonderful soldiers and their families make just to keep us safe. It is a time to honor those that paid the ultimate sacrifice and support their loved ones by remembering!! We live in an awesome country but it would not be the same without the selfless service the military. Make Memorial Day special by remembering what it is all about! Here are some ideas to help - Memorial Day CLIP (Creative Learning in a Pinch)