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Teaching Our Kids About Memorial Day

For my family, Memorial Day is really the start of our Summer. This is usually the first weekend after school has ended and we always spend it together as a family.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday that falls each year on the last Monday of May. The significance of Memorial Day is that this is a day for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was officially proclaimed a holiday by General John Logan (then the commander in chief of the veteran’s organization Grand Army of the Republic) on May 5, 1868. Later that month, the day was marked by placing flowers of the graves of both Confederate and Union soldiers buried at Arlington Cemetery.

At my house while we celebrate by grilling out and eating a ton of watermelon, we still make certain our children know the reason for the day. We all talk about the significance of the day.

Here are some activities that you and your family can do together:

Memorial Day Coloring Pages

Memorial Day Crafts

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WHAT DOES YOUR FAMILY DO ON MEMORIAL DAY?

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