As Memorial Day approached I was dreading the number of posts and remarks that I see every year telling all to have a “Happy Memorial Day”. I should not let this bother me, but I do. At no point on this day of remembrance for the sacrifice that service members of our armed services have made do I want to be happy. Grateful, appreciative, reflective, humbled, but never happy. I understand that this remark is harmless and that many are happy in having a day with friends and loved ones. But I can’t help but reflect in the freedom of my day with my family, that others have paid so dearly for.
I am grateful. I am appreciative. I am humbled by those that cannot spend the day with their loved one when I get to spend the day with my soldier. I am honored to be married into the military family but this only makes the day even more real for me. As I spend the day with my husband and our children, I weep with you and am indebted to you for your loss and sacrifice. Thank YOU!
If you are unsure what to say to a service member today or if you feel the need to post anything…just say Thank You! Leave the Happy for birthdays.
For all you educators out there, I have created an informational text on Memorial Day with 7 questions built as a teaching lesson on how to answer questions for nonfictional texts. Please go HERE to download. It is free and I hope you are able to use it this week with your students to broaden their understanding of the importance of Memorial Day. Please leave me a comment here or on the TpT product so I can hear how this product worked for you.