I haven’t been quite so organized yet to be able to plan up to these holidays, getting coordinating books from the library or planning our learning activities around them. Soon though. I’ll get there. But nonetheless, words are free. And giving your child your knowledge, well, that’s priceless.
“Today is Memorial Day, Hunter. It’s a special day where we remember all the men who have been soldiers. Soldiers help keep us safe, sometimes there are bad people in other nations that want to hurt us, but our soldiers protect us and defeat the bad guys. They take guns and missiles and tanks to kill the bad guys that are trying to hurt us. Sometimes when they are fighting the bad guys, they get hurt or die. We’re always thankful for the brave men who die for us, because if they didn’t fight for us, the bad guys would get us and we wouldn’t be safe anymore. So today we thank God and thank our soldiers for fighting for us and keeping us safe.”
Not exactly rocket science, but I try the best I can to express patriotism in a way that he can relate to and understand. Whether you agree with a war or not, remember that those soldiers are out there dying for your right to carry those protest signs.
In closing, I thought I would share this fairly unknown second verse of our national anthem. We live in a great country, which is currently very morrally ill right now, and in need of divine assistance, but God has blessed us dearly.
O thus be ev- er, when free men shall stand Between their loved homes And the war’s desolation! Blest with victory and peace, May the heaven-rescued land Praise the Power that hath made And preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must, When our cause it is just; And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!” And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave O’er the land of the free And the home of the brave?
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”John 15:13
Hunter is 3 years, 2 months old