Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Memorial Day is upon us. It is one of my favorite holidays. Really. It marks the beginning of summer: warm days, bbq's, trips to the beach, and long evening walks. The holiday itself always gets my patriotic pride swelling with parades, air shows, and lots of red, white and blue. Sort of a prelude to the big bang on the 4th of July.

Although the holiday is marked with ceremonies and parades in nearly every town in the U.S., there are also plenty of online resources to help you celebrate in style. You can take a virtual tour of Arlington National Cemetery, for example. Or, visit History.com's Memorial Day mini-site for the history of Memorial Day, War History videos, and a look at some famous battle maps. You might also visit The Department of Veterans Affairs for information on veteran statistics and memorial sites.

There are tons of online resources for teaching, such as themed units, and coloring pages, word searches, crafts and poems.

And what national holiday would be complete without a good old fashioned American barbeque? Check out this site for awesome burger recipes. Don't forget the potato salad and dessert.

If you really want to go big, go here. But, any way you go, make it a fun, fabulous family weekend!

Banteringblonde said...

Our pool opens memorial day!! I can't wait!

itsahumanzoo said...

Memorial Day is one of my favorite holidays too. I can't wait until my son is older and I can teach him all about it.

shopannies said...

lots going on this wonderous weekend none better than keeping our heads high with thoughts of those who have went on before

Felicia said...

Thank you for this post! I think a lot of times we lose focus of what the day is really about! Thank you for the reminder.

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