God made a decree many years ago that we set up memorials to help our children know about the things that happened in the past:
We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future, your children will ask, “What do these stones mean to you?” Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s covenant went across.” These stones will stand as a permanent memorial among the people of Israel.”
During this Memorial Day weekend be sure to talk to your children about the reason for the celebration. Help them know it is more than just grilling out or going to the beach.
Memorial Day originally began in 1868 as a day to decorate the graves of soldiers who died in the Civil War. In more recent years our government passed a resolution that Memorial Day be observed on the last Monday of May as an occasion to remember and honor the men and women who died in all wars.
Talk about the picture below with your children. Tell them that brave men fought and died so we could have freedom.
- Ministry-to-Children.com has a great Bible lesson for Memorial Day based on the above verse.
- Look at pictures of soldiers.
- Thank God for the soldiers.
- Ask God to protect them.
- Tell them about any family members or friends that have served.
- Listen to patriotic music. Here’s a good cd to purchase: America’s Favorite Patriotic Songs for Kids
- Check out this great resource for teaching patriotism to children: Patriotic Moms
- March like a soldier http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOb7CEXxG-w