This is a very special day in our great nation because it is a day of remembrance for those who sacrificed their lives protecting our freedom. Since my husband is in the military this is an important holiday for our family. Although we have not personally experienced the devastation of fighting for our country, we have seen the heartache in others whose family members gave their all.
So, take some time this memorial day and be thankful for those who did sacrifice- tell your children a little history lesson and honor our military. Having said all of that, enjoy the freedom that others have worked to maintain, and celebrate with friends and family. Here is how we get the baby involved in the fun also:
Baby’s First Memorial Day
This Memorial Day we will take time to remember fallen soldiers and we will also take time to eat homemade barbecue sandwiches. My husband is smoking pork for pulled pork sandwiches and our extended family members are bringing the side dishes. I plan to bake an apple pie to finish the meal. My baby loves her daddy’s smoked pork and I’m sure she will love the apple pie too.
After the meal we might head over to the lake and enjoy the sunshine. We are also considering a visit to the nearby Veteran’s Memorial Museum or maybe just spend a moment at the local Civil War Cemetery. One thing that has been decided for Monday- we will definitely have a Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. CST for the soldiers who sacrificed their lives defending our freedom.
Need some other ideas for celebrating the true spirit of Memorial Day as a family?
- Help your children write a letter of appreciation to our soldiers overseas and send it via AMillionThanks.org
- Put together and send a Care Package to a soldier overseas via Any Soldier
- For more ideas how you and your children can help support our troops this Memorial Day check out Kids For Our Troops
Memorial Day Facts
Previously called Decoration Day, this holiday began as a day of remembrance for fallen civil war soldiers and after World War I evolved into a day to remember all soldiers who sacrificed their lives in battle.
At 3 p.m. in your local time zone everyone is asked to take time and observe the National Moment of Remembrance.
Flag Etiquette- Did you know there is a unique way to raise the flag for Memorial Day? At sunrise the flag is to be raised to full staff for a moment then lowered to half staff, and at noon it is raised back to full staff. This Wikipedia quote explains it well:
The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
Did you know that there were lyrics to accompany “Taps” (the military musical piece)? Yep, here are the original lyrics:
Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is near.
Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.
Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky
As we go, this we know
God is near.
2.8 Million- approximate number of American soldiers who have died fighting for this country throughout our history.
Red Poppy- symbolic flower for Memorial Day, made famous by the World War I poem “In Flanders Fields”
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
– John McCrae
P.S. I am taking a day off on Monday, so there will not be a new post. But, pretty please come by anyway and vote for me on Picket Fence Blogs and Top Baby Blogs (buttons in the left column, you can vote once a day every day). Thanks for your support and have a great Memorial Day!