I often ask my children questions to see whether they know the answer or not. Knowing that Memorial Day weekend was coming up, I decided to ask my three children why we celebrate it. I was so proud to hear them answer, “We celebrate it to honor those who have fought for our freedoms. Our veterans.” They then asked me why I was asking and I told them that I was just making sure that they didn’t think it was just about eating and swimming.
Memorial Day previously called Decoration Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died while serving in the military of the United States. Unfortunately, too many in our country take for granted our freedoms and the last thing on their hearts and minds over the Memorial Day weekend is honoring and remembering those who gave their lives so that they can celebrate.
We need to teach our children and frankly the adults, the history of Memorial Day. We need to instill in them the principle of honoring those who have gone before us to fight for our freedoms. Too many believe that they are entitled to everything. They never take the time to consider, truly consider, why they have so many privileges. Maybe the following cartoons and images will make the message clearer.