Remembering our heroes
In Canada and the United Kingdom, Remembrance Day commemorates the formal end of the hostilities of World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Ninety-five years later, November 11 is still set aside to honor and remember the men and women in the armed forced who have died in the line of duty.
In the United States, November 11 is Veteran’s Day—a day set aside to honor all American veterans, both living and dead. According to About.com US Military, President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day in 1954, and called upon Americans everywhere to rededicate themselves to the cause of peace.
What special ways can you and your family members honor our veterans and remember those who gave their lives during war?
- Read In Flanders Fields , one of the most widely known war poems, written during World War I by the Canadian military doctor and artillery commander, Major John McCrae.
- Attend a public ceremony in your city or town. Check your local newspaper for wreath-laying ceremonies and other memorial events.
- If you live in Canada or the United Kingdom, buy and wear a lapel poppy (http://www.legion.ca/honour-remember/the-poppy-campaign/) as a sign of remembrance and in support of the Royal Legion.
- Consider “adopting” the grave of a solider buried in a local cemetery. With permission from the family or the cemetery, tend and weed the grave and plant a small memorial garden, perhaps filled with bulbs that will bloom in the spring.
- Invite a veteran to visit your child or grandchild’s classroom to give a short talk and answer questions about their experiences.
- If you have a family member who died during a war, set up a small memorial display in your home. Include things like pictures, medals and letters. Invite family and friends to visit your memorial and reflect upon your relative’s achievements and sacrifice.
- Send a thank you letter to a veteran. If you don’t know one personally, ask friends and family members if they know a veteran who might appreciate a card, care package—or even a visit. A card handmade by a child or grandchild would be a sweet way to say thanks and put a smile on a veteran’s face.
- Visit DLTK’s Crafts for some lovely Remembrance Day craft and activity ideas for kids including puzzles, worksheets and coloring pages.
- Visit Apples4TheTeacher for Veteran’s Day activities for kids including ways to support the troops, poetry and reading lists.
In gratitude for those brave soldiers who paid the ultimate price for our peace and freedom, and for everything our living veterans endured during their time at war, we remember.
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