Treasures on the Shelves: Remember the reason for the holiday

Published 12:00 pm Tuesday, May 28, 2024

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For most Americans, Memorial Day is the official kick off of summer time, warmer weather, longer days, and cookouts with friends and family. Many will celebrate with the opening of the pool. It is important to remember that Memorial Day has a much deeper meaning. It is a day to remember and honor those family and friends who have died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Banks, schools, post offices, and government buildings are closed on Memorial Day, giving many people time away from school or work.

The meaning of Memorial Day can be a tough message to get across to children. The best way may be to explain to your child what the day means to you. Have a conversation about this being a time to remember those Americans who have fought to keep our country safe and free. If your family has lost a service member, it may help to share stories about that person and how much the sacrifice means for the family and the whole nation. Of course, you need to use your judgment about what is appropriate for your child’s age and maturity level. Topics like death and war can be hard for kids to understand. If nothing else, you can emphasize that although we enjoy all the traditional Memorial Day activities, it is a day to say thank you to the people who keep our country safe. Kids will be seeing the red, white, and blue decorations at this time and that may help to trigger a conversation about the meaning of the day. Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend, however you celebrate it and remember those who served.

Connie Krupa is the children’s program coordinator for the Lunenburg County Public Library System. She can be reached at