Memorial Day Salute
Can’t believe we’re near the end of May already! With it comes an important holiday: Memorial Day.
The Origins of Memorial Day
Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May for remembering people who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. It was first established after the American Civil War in 1868 by General John Logan, National Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization made up of Union veterans. Called Decoration Day, it was a time to honor the war dead by decorating their graves with flowers.
By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, which were celebrated on different days, had merged. Memorial day was then extended to honor all Americans who died in military service.
Children need to learn about the history of our country and gain a respect for the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for it. Teach them to show respect by visiting the graves of fallen soldiers and attending a Memorial Day parade in your area. A great way to prepare for these events is to “read more about it.”
Great History Books for Kids
A great way to prepare for these events is to “read more about it” together. I hope you find these resources helpful in choosing books that are appropriate for your young reader:
- This list of Memorial Day books for children helps introduce the conversation about how men and women have served our country throughout the decades and how they continue to support our freedoms today. It also provides Memorial Day study units with free resources and book ideas.
- The homeschooling website 3 Boys and a Dog provides an additional list of books for kids that includes a wide variety of both fiction and non-fiction stories along with a Memorial Day coloring book for kids aged 4-9. Stories on the list are suitable for pre-school and elementary-aged children.
As you and your family get ready to enjoy the upcoming long weekend, remember those who made it possible with their service to our great nation.
All of us here at The Reading Lady salute the men and women who served with honor and were willing to give their lives for our freedoms. God bless our military!