Memorial Day Weekend is coming up quick – and it unofficially begins the summer season across the U.S. For many school districts, it’s literally the official first weekend of summer vacation! For other teachers, it’s one final long weekend to give a little boost into the last couple weeks of school.
But Memorial Day holds a much deeper, more solemn purpose at its genesis. This national holiday is in place as a remembrance of the men and women who have fallen while serving in the military, and it’s rooted in rich history, way back to the 1860s. Unofficially, Memorial Day has also become a time to pause and reflect on the sacrifices that all military members make.
So many people are connected to and affected by those who paid the ultimate price in the line of duty. Thus, Memorial Day can be a good time to get your students out of their own bubbles and learn about characteristics such as honor, duty, service, and sacrifice.
If you’d like to incorporate Memorial Day lessons and activities, but aren’t sure where to start, we’ve got you covered!
Learn more about the nation’s branches of military by taking a virtual field trip.
Virtual Museum of the Marine Corps
National Museum of the United States Air Force
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