Memorial Day

27 May

Today is Memorial Day and all across the USA families and friends are getting together to wave small flags at parades, bbq a ton of meat, and remember the men and women who served our country in the United States Armed Forces and died doing their duty.

Memorial Day is different from Veterans Day, though many people get them mixed up. Memorial Day was specifically started to remember those who died in the Armed Forces, while Veterans Day celebrates those living and dead. However contemporary celebrations often involve expressing thanks to currently serving and surviving troops in addition to those who passed away in the line of duty.

While you’re eating your hamburgers, potato salad and grilled veggies today, take a minute to talk to your kids about why we celebrate holidays like Memorial Day. War always causes opinions and perspectives to swirl on many sides, and our armed forces tend to get caught up in the middle of things. Rather than focusing on the politics of war, talk to your kids about the history behind the USA Armed Forces. If you have ancestors who served in wars, bring out photos or documents kept by your family to help connect your family history with the history of our country. Memorial Day is a great opportunity to connect children with their own family history and how it relates to the broader scope of US history.

In observance of Memorial Day, the Library & Archives will be closed all day today, Monday May 27, 2013. Don’t worry…we’ll be open again tomorrow!

PC 1000- Subjects-Wars-World War II (Part 2)-W.A.A.C.

PC 1000- Subjects-Wars-World War II (Part 2)-W.A.A.C.

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