7 Simple Ways To Honor The Fallen Soldier This Memorial Day!

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If a young person were to ask you,”What is the big deal about Memorial Day?”  Would you know how to honor the fallen soldier with a good explanation on the spot? As busy wives, this may be an area that we are influential about in the lives of our families.  Don’t miss this opportunity to share what you know …..

7 AWESOME ways to Honor the Fallen Soldier & family

We can learn the facts and then teach others!  

We can do it for those who have been ripped from this life while fighting your fight and mine, never seeking recognition or praise from you or me. We owe it to them to learn and share.  If you teach your children anything about America’s history and freedom, teach this generation to honor those amazing soldiers in whom their sweet freedom lies.

Promise me?

Honor the fallen

So here’s your short version of history in just a few seconds ….

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, Decoration Day was established as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.  Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. He took veterans through town to decorate the graves of comrades with flags.  It was a memorial, not a celebration. Towns people would decorate graves with flags, flowers, and photos.  It is believed that May 30th was chosen then because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

That wasn’t too hard, now was it?

There are more details about Memorial Day, of course, but the essential meaning is what I want you to remember and observe so we can teach the younger ones, right?

  • If a community near you is having a Memorial Day Parade~Go to it!  Let your kids take flags of all sizes and/or make simple signs with two very special words for a soldier and their families, “Thank You.”  Here is a directory of one near you.
  • Are you already committed to a barbecue or party?  Think of simple decorations to honor the military like flags and patriotic colors to keep the minds of the guests on the ones who sacrificed all.  You could even begin the party by praying for the food And mentioning the families of the fallen that could use a few prayers.
  • Do you have a Veteran’s Hospital near by?  Take goodies to some of the residents.  If not, take goodies to that elderly gentleman’s home or nursing home that you know used to serve his country
  • Just about every community {good ones~in my opinion} have some sort of War Memorial or Veteran’s Cemetery.  Take flags, poppies, or wreaths to decorate if it’s allowed.
  • Let your kiddos learn about Medals of Honor with this free, printable Medals of Honor Coloring Book
  • Make a patriotic recipe with your kids or grandchildren while explaining the importance of this holiday.
  • Commit as a family to send letters to soldiers away from home.

As a bonus, here’s a video you can watch together as a family with great discussions.  Thanks for being such an excellent student today.  ðŸ˜‰  Now go out and spread the word so that everyone can learn and share.

can’t see the video?  Watch We Remember

Oh yeah, and the next time you see a soldier who is alive and welll, you can tell them “Thank You,” pray for them, or buy them a meal.  That would be another indirect way to honor the fallen soldier as well!

How will YOU honor the fallen this Memorial Day?

7 AWESOME ways to Honor the Fallen Soldier & family




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