Tuck: "It's to remember all the veterans who were in a war."
Mags: "Don't we have a day for veterans already?"
Tuck: "Yes, Mags, but there are so many and they fight so hard, they deserve more than one day."
Me: "And that is why we have Memorial Day off of school. Well said, Tuck. Well. Said."
Out of the mouths of babes. The above conversation actually prompted me to look up some facts with kids about Memorial Day. That way, they would know the origin to make it more meaningful. The following are a few of the interesting facts we found while researching. (I learned a few new ones myself.)
We also read a speech from Ronald Reagan given at Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day of 1986. The kids and I agreed that the following excerpt was a perfect way to summarize what the subject.
“Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It's a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It's a day to be with the family and remember."
It's quite humbling to live among such brave men and women. There are many ways to celebrate, honor and remember.
In fact, I was contacted by my friends at Grace Hill Media about promoting the DVD release of American Sniper. Just in time for Memorial Day, GHM generously sent me a three copies. One for me, one for a friend that is a veteran, and one to give away to a lucky reader.
I'm making it as easy as possible to enter. Simply leave a comment on the blog or on my According to Mags FB page.