[Surnetkids] Memorial Day


Dear Reader,

What are your plans for Memorial Day weekend? We don’t have specific plans yet, but I do associate Memorial Day with the start of summer. And I’m always reminded of the advice my mother gave me: don’t wear white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day! I no longer follow that rule, though. How about you?

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
“Surfing the Net with Kids”

Memorial Day


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Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) was first observed in 1868 to honor the soldiers of the Civil War. Its origins can be traced back to General John A. Logan who proclaimed: “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land.” Has the original meaning of the holiday been lost in BBQs and picnics?

DLTK Kids: Memorial Day Ideas

A nice collection of Memorial crafts for preschool and elementary-age kids, focused on themes such as flags, stars, soldiers, patriotism, and (of course) the colors red, white and blue. In addition to cut out crafts and coloring pages, you’ll find online jigsaw puzzles, sentence sequencing cards, and vocabulary word lists.

History Channel: Memorial Day

Explore the history of Memorial Day with a one-page feature article and a gallery of History Channel videos and photos. “The Civil War claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history, requiring the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. By the late 1860s Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.”

Library of Congress: Patriotic Melodies

Now for something a little different. From “America the Beautiful” to “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” this Library of Congress site “tells the stories behind many of the songs that have now become part of the American national heritage. A combination of hymns, national songs, music of the theater, radio and television, military themes, and poetry, all of this music demonstrates that while over history many things have changed, this expression of pride and hope remain a constant part of the American experience.”

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Memorial Day Printable
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“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” ~~ Lionel Hampton ~~ (April 20, 1908 – August 31, 2002) was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, and bandleader. Click this link to check out more quotes about gratitude.

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