This year on Memorial Day I took the kids to Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
It is a well cared for, peaceful, and somber place. Even now I get choked up seeing so many rows and rows of headstones.
I talked with Will and Lana about WHY we have Memorial Day.
We live in America and are given so many freedoms... and it is because a lot of people fought for us and many died.
Will said it was very said that we will never see the people and that they can't see their family anymore. I told him it was sad, but it is important to remember them and that is why we go to these places. They cannot be forgotten.
Lana said we need to bring them ALL flowers next time we come. I told her we probably couldn't, but when we visit Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa on our big trip coming up, we could bring them flowers.
Recently Texas has had some severe rain and wind. As we quietly and respectfully meandered through the markers the kids were allowed to upright the flags to help the other military volunteers we saw doing the same.
I hope this year made a little bit of an impact for them. It's not the first time they have been to a cemetery... in fact, I don't even know how many cemeteries they have been to! But it is important for them to learn (in an age appropriate way) why they are blessed to have the freedoms they don't even realize they have yet.