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How to celebrate Memorial Day with preschoolers

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During this time of Memorial Day, the celebration hits home for preschoolers who have parents deployed
in the military. How do you explain to them that Memorial Day is a time when we honor our soldiers who have died fighting for our freedom?

Preschoolers who have parents deployed in the military may worry that their parent will die fighting for our freedom. This may cause the child to become anxious and the child may present undesirable behaviors.

What if the presentation of Memorial Day to a preschooler simply left out the part about our military heroes dying and just honored our Veterans? That would be what Veteran’s Day is about.

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the celebration of Memorial Day started after the Civil War when a leader of the Grand Army of the Republic (Union veterans) decided to decorate the graves of the soldiers who died in the war. The date for doing this was later moved to the end of May because this is a time when flowers are typically in bloom.

Memorial Day has always been a day to put flowers or flags on graves. Taking preschoolers to a cemetery and putting flowers on graves is a lesson that will grow with them for the rest of their lives. It can be that simple.