Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day~more than hot dogs and the FLAG...

Just WHAT are we teaching our kids about holidays is more important that the mere celebration of them, and we should be mindful to give our children sound information and wisdom concerning them.  Memorial Day is a holiday that for many of us has become a day of cook outs, family gatherings, and outdoor recreation while its original purpose was to honor fallen heroes of our nation in the cause of freedom.  With that said, does Memorial Day have to be sad or solemn, I don't think so as long as we purposefully instruct and attend to the day in a way that memorializes the price that has been paid in a way our children can comprehend.

A few years ago I took my children to a Memorial Day service hosted by the local Veterans group in our town.  It was an awesome sight as gray haired men and women in all pride and dignity led the group in respect of the fallen of our community.  Local clergy participated and prayers were said as well as pledges to our flag. This participation on our part led to many discussions concerning our nation and the price of the freedoms we enjoy today.

While we won't be going to another service this year, we will be talking about the meaning of the day and making sure that our flag is flying and our prayers are for our nation.  We are so thankful for the men and women who have fought for us in our place each and every day.

God BLESS America~Home of the Free BECAUSE of the Brave!
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