What comes to mind for you when you think of Memorial Day?
To be honest, I usually think of a 3-day weekend and BBQ’s.
But when our Miss Priss asked me, “What do we DO on Memorial Day?”, it made me really stop and think.
We decided that this Memorial Day it was important to teach our children what it is we are really celebrating.
Thanks to a tip from a friend we found out about a really well done Memorial Day event at a huge cemetery in downtown Indy.
This cemetery houses the mortal remains of President Benjamin Harrison and many fallen soldiers from Indiana, all the way from the Civil War to the present day.
It was near record temperatures (91 degrees, 63% humidity!)
but we're glad we braved the weather anyway.
Miss Priss at the Confederate Memorial, prisoners of war
captured in Indiana during the Civil War.
This area was set up a lot like Arlington National Cemetery.
These are some of the fallen war heroes of World War I.
Setting up our picnic lunch while we waited for the
Indiana National Guard Band to play some patriotic tunes.
A huge shade tree and a tiny breeze helped us stay somewhat cool.
Lots of sticks and dirt kept the kids busy to at least stay for the band
and the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance portion of the program.
So it’s not like our trip was a smashing success…the kids got pretty hot, tired, sweaty and cranky…but we are glad we took the extra effort to plant the seed of patriotism in our children.
…Miss Priss learned to put her hand over her heart and show respect when the National Anthem is sung or played and the Pledge of Allegiance recited.
…Our children were exposed to great patriotic music.
…We were able to teach gratitude and respect for those who have sacrificed and risked their lives to protect our freedoms.
…We had a great Family Home Evening discussion where we explained the meaning of the words in the Pledge of Allegiance and the story behind “The Star Spangled Banner.” Our family goal is to have those memorized by this year’s 4th of July!
…And Miss Priss can now tell you what we DO on Memorial Day…and she won’t even know to mention a 3-day weekend and BBQ’s.