Many people think of Memorial Day as just a holiday--a long weekend, a holiday from work and school, time to BBQ or go camping. Did you know Memorial Day was formerly Decoration Day and began after the Civil War to commemorate fallen soldiers? (Read more here.)
Since we have a school holiday tomorrow as well, this would be a great time to educate our children on the history of Memorial Day. Take a moment to discuss all of the men and women we have studied this year--the scientists and inventors who were considered crazy for their new ideas; the hardy explorers and adventurers willing to get off the boat in a new world; the men and women in pursuit of a better life for their families. Pay homage to the great (and the not so great) people who have gone before us and paved the way. Standing on the shoulders of giants affords quite the view! Semper discentis.