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5 Facts and Activities to Help Teach Your Child About the Significance of Memorial Day

by Deborah Song on May 10th, 2017

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3. It's legally required to observe a National Moment of Remembrance. In December 2000, Congress passed a law requiring Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to remember and honor the fallen.

Activity: Before falling into a hot dog-induced coma, take a moment of silence at 3 p.m. in solidarity with your fellow countrymen.  There’s a good chance you may be in the middle of a barbecue, but all the better if you are. It would be a great opportunity for your little one to make the announcement and impress your guests with an uncommon piece of knowledge – and legislature - and partake in what was meant to be a meaningful tradition.

4. The official birthplace of Memorial Day was Waterloo, NY. Despite it’s origin, cities all around the U.S. will hold their own celebrations to pay respect to the men and women who have died in wars or in the service of their country.

Activity: Celebrate by attending a Memorial Day parade or watch one on TV. To find one near you visit vetfriends.com.

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5. James Garfield made the first Memorial Day proclamation. James Garfield, a general in the Civil War and our 20th president, began an address in 1868 by expressing the poverty of speech compared to the deeds of the fallen.

Activity: In addition to remembering those who are no longer with us, have your child express his gratitude for those currently serving by creating a card or picture to be sent overseas.

Deborah Song is a Los Angeles-based writer and the mother of two girls. She received her master’s in journalism from New York University and writes about parenting, business and kid entrepreneurship. You can read more of her work at lemonadepost.com.

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