If you want to celebrate Memorial Day with more than a barbecue, you should be sure to thank a vet or service member for their hard work and support. You can teach this Memorial Day gratitude to your children in a number of ways.
Read a Book
There are many books out there that explain what Memorial Day is and why we celebrate it. One such book is Memorial Day Surprise, which takes young kids through a celebration of Memorial Day through a parade where the main character gets a surprise. Another is Let’s Get Ready for Memorial Day in which a girl learns about Memorial Day in school, then goes to a war memorial.
For older kids, there are several good books including the classics The Red Badge of Courage, Catch-22 and A Farewell to Arms. More modern books include Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel and Fobbit by David Abrams. These books can go a long way to bringing home the reality of what our service people go through.
Send a Service Person a Thank You
You can download a printout to color and mail to a service member with the address provided, or you can send a thank you card to a relative or friend’s relative who served in the military. You can even find pink or green camo Thank You cards!
Memorial Day is one of the best holidays for teaching your children about thankfulness and being grateful. It can help connect them to the older generations of their family as well. We are always looking to share ideas on how to teach your children gratitude! Please contact us if you have any you would like to share.