Sacrifice, Bravery, Honor, Respect, Dignity, Unity, Reflection, Loss, Tears, Mourning, and so much more.
I was fortunate enough to get to visit Washington D.C. about 5 years ago. I toured the White House, which was really awesome. I went to the Lincoln Memorial, which was extremely crowded. I saw the Washington Monument, but did not get a chance to get an up close look. Though these were amazing things to see, I'll never forget the day I was there, You see, I was there on Veteran's Day. Talk about E-MO-TION-AL. I met vet's from all different wars, some in perfect health, some confined to wheel chairs, and families of those that were lost. I read the name on the memorial walls and watched people trace names.
Afterwards, I went to Arlington National Cemetery. It gave me CHILLS! The silence was so serene and peaceful. I actually felt like it was a piece of heaven that had dropped down to earth. I witnessed the wreath laying at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Tears again! Coming from a non-military background,prior to being married, I guess I just didn't get it. I didn't understand why people joined the military. I didn't understand the price of war. I didn't understand a woman or child's sacrifice, even though I thought I did. In the past 5 years, it has become so much more clear.
So, as I reflect on Memorial Day next Monday, I reflect as a military spouse who misses her husband, who sheds tears as my daughter cries for her daddy, who must keep calm and know that everything is in the Lord's hands. I ask that while you have the day off, pray for our troops and families, past and present who have sacrificed so MUCH for your freedom.
I have created an activity packet that you can use with your class for Memorial Day or Veteran's Day. Check it out at TpT or Teachers Notebook! May God Bless!