As has been our tradition for the last six years, we stopped at a local cemetery and paid our respects to those who served our country. Even though we have finished school for this year, it’s important my daughter know why Memorial Day exists.
There were several families at the cemetery. In addition to reading the names, branch of service, years of birth/death and any battles fought in, my daughter and I talk about the day. Why we are free and anything unique we find on the headstones.
She asked me, “will I do this when I have a daughter?” I told her, I hope she continues this tradition with all her children. It’s so important to honor those who kept us free. She selected her graves, placed her pennies and I read the information about each veteran. She’s old enough to do that on her own, but it’s just part of our tradition.
I happen to love cemeteries. Not just for paying respects to those who reside there, but it’s full of history. I try to instill this in my daughter as well. There is much knowledge if we just look for it.
If you don’t participate in placing “pennies on the graves” and would like more information about it, you can read my previous post, here, as to why we do this.