In March I wrote a super successful post about How to Explain The Spirit Of St. Patrick’s Day To Your Toddler. Then in April I followed it up with How To Explain The Meaning Of Easter To Your Toddler. In May came How To Explain The Importance Of Mother’s Day To Your Toddler. I received overwhelmingly positive feedback for all of these posts. I also learned so much from doing them, and found that I really enjoyed researching and writing them. A recurring comment that I received was that I should create a similar post for each upcoming holiday. I think that is a fantastic idea! I will have to explain each holiday to Morgan anyway, and what a better way than to actually learn the facts behind them. Today I will be sharing with you How To Explain The Importance Of Memorial Day To Your Toddler.
To be honest all I knew about Memorial Day was that it is a Holiday honoring those that served in the armed forces and have since passed. It also commemorates my and Austin’s wedding anniversary. This year Austin and I will be celebrating 10 years! We had an extremely patriotic wedding. It was at the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace. We requested every single American Flag that they had on premises. We dined in a replica of the White House East Room. And our guests even got to board and tour Marine One. In my eyes our wedding was absolutely perfect!
But I digress, this post is about Memorial Day and as always I want to know more. Especially because when Morgan does come to an age when she will start asking me what it all means I want to know a little about what I’m talking about. Currently Morgan is still too young to understand fully what I share with her but I wanted to make sure that I did my research so that I can pass on to her the stories and traditions of the many holidays that we celebrate here in America.
I do absolutely love traditions and customs. So I set out to learn as much as I could about Memorial Day and the meaning behind the holiday. Here are the top 7 things that I learned about the importance of Memorial Day. I will use them to explain it to my little Morgan. Thank you so much to my wonderful friend Google. You have steered me in so many interesting directions while researching this history.
- Memorial Day was originally Decoration Day. It started after the Civil War to honor the Union and Confederate soldiers who had died.
- After World War I, Memorial Day honored all men and women who died in any war or military duty.
- About 25 different locations in the United States have identified themselves as the origin of Memorial Day. However the officially recognized Birthplace of Waterloo, NY was declared as the rightful location in 1966 by Congress and President Lyndon Johnson. In Waterloo, NY a ceremony took place on May 5, 1866 which honored local veterans who had fought in the Civil War.
- It wasn’t until 1971 that Memorial Day became a national holiday by an act of Congress.
- Memorial Day is traditionally recognized on May 30. But officially it is observed on the last Monday in the month of May.
- Many people confuse the celebrations of Veterans Day and Memorial Day. They however have very different origins. Memorial Day, as aforementioned, is a day to honor all men and women who died in any war or military duty. It stemmed from the Civil War. In contrast Veterans Day began with the end of World War I, and the armistice between the Americans and the Germans. It honors those who served in the military in any way regardless if they are living or are deceased.
- Per The Memorial Day Foundation there are several ways all of us can honor the fallen on Memorial Day, a few of the items include:
Visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
Flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon.
Participating in a “National Moment of Remembrance” at 3:00 PM local time.
I really do feel much better knowing the meaning of Memorial Day. I know that as a result of this research I am even more proud to be in such a great nation. Hope you enjoyed learning about How To Explain The Importance Of Memorial Day To Your Toddler. It really is an interesting and important history.
Thank you for reading!