As many readers know I've believed in supporting U.S. Troops practically my entire life -- both those brave American men and women fighting today and the many who've served, endured war-related injuries, or lost their lives in past wars and conflicts to make the ultimate sacrifice for the USA. Memorial Day always to awaken me to a sad reality of changing times, though, and how younger generations see the meaning of the day in an entirely different light.
- It's a long holiday weekend off from work and school
- It's a non-stop 3-day celebration of some of the best store sales
- It's the official beginning of BBQ season
- It's an early kick-off party to summer days ahead
|Patriotic Parade in my Hometown Circa 1961, MommyBlogExpert.com|
At this time of year I also recollect as a child attending Memorial Day to remember those who had served and sacrificed their lives in past wars, sometimes at a war memorial while other times at a cemetery where I would help put flags next to all the graves. Lastly, I firmly recall going to watch the annual patriotic parade of men from our local VFW chapter marching by.
|New Windsor Cemetery, NY, MommyBlogExpert.com|
|Hudson River Valley, NY, MommyBlogExpert.com|
A few other ideas to take a more active role:
- You and your kids can send messages thanking military service people and their families through USO here
- Families can also find lots of additional ways to get involved at JoiningForces.gov