Veterans Day

Poppies, Service, and Peace for Veterans Day and Remembrance Day

Veterans Day and Remembrance Day are significant day is a significant day for past, present, and future. Not only are we remembering those Veterans and Soldiers who fought and died in past wars and conflicts, we are also honoring those who serve now. For the future, we are continuing the efforts to resolve conflicts with understanding and peace.

The Poppy Lady Remembrance Day Poppy Day

 Some people will have the day-off. If this is a non-work day for your family, you may be able to watch or go to an event in your area. There may be a parade or other ceremony. Even though young children are comfortable in a smaller circle of of family and friends, we can help them be aware that they are part of a larger community.

The Poppy Lady by Barbara Walsh and Layne Johnson is a simple story of the effort of one lady, Moina Belle Michael. A teacher, who supported soldiers is various ways, she did not want them to be forgotten. When she read the poem, In Flanders Fields by John McCrae she added the verse:

And now the Torch and Poppy red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for nought,
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

When the wear ended she convinced many organizations to adopt the poppy as a memorial flower. The sale of red poppies raised millions to support returning Veterans.

Bright, red poppies are pinned onto coats and jackets. They are a visual reminder and kids want to know why we wear them. Wearing poppies shows we are thinking about our Veterans and Soldiers.

Veterans Day Remembrance Day drawing

 Veterans, current members of the armed forces, cadets and children in service groups like Scouts, Cubs, and Beavers march in Remembrance Day parades. In a way, this links past, present, and future. In the US, there are 3 days: Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and Armed Forces Day. But for all of these, there is the message of service and striving for peace. Today, for Veterans Day and Remembrance Day is there a way your family can support serving others and the goal of peace?

November 11th: Veterans Day and Remembrance Day

Tomorrow is Veterans Day and Remembrance Day. How we can make this solemn day at all meaningful for kids? One way is by remembering the why.

Veterans Day Remembrance Day drawingRemembering the why honors the reason for the day and the people involved. Veterans and soldiers went to war so that we could all live together in peace. November 11th is the day Armistice was signed.

In some places around the world, soldiers are still involved in war, fighting for peace. Doing something kind for others is one way to walk the walk.

Being a preschooler, we may not take children’s actions seriously but children have kind hearts and generous natures. Research from Yale reported in Phys.Org concluded, “The researchers have found babies as young as six months old already make moral judgments, and they think we may be born with a moral code hard-wired into our brains.” Kids are able to do something for others and understand that it is kind.

What kids do will depend on opportunities in the community. Children might help make cookies for a senior in the neighborhood or sort through some toys to donate to a shelter or group. They could color some placemats for a Meals on Wheels program. A child’s drawing is often treasured by the elderly as a vital connection. With the approach of winter, many thrift stores could use donations of warm clothing.

Peace in our communities will depend on the empathy we have for others. Acts of kindness will encourage children’s caring and people connections. As we remember…

Is there some way you and your child can remember?

2 Minutes for Remembering: Veterans Day – Remembrance Day

When kids are quiet for as long as a whole minute, as parents and caregivers, we worry and rush to see what they are doing.  But on Nov. 11th, the Eleventh hour of the Eleventh day of the Eleventh month, we are asked to observe 2 minutes of silence. Children are far too young to understand why but we are teaching them by our example.

Included are 2 brief videos of students, one of children’s voices of what Veterans Day means to them, and another of quotes of children about war, soldiers, and peace. There are many, many more available. How many years are they older than your preschoolers? This kind of respect and awareness does not develop over night. It comes from children’s experiences and from the model of the adults in children’s lives.

On this day, we also need to remember the why – so that we can live in peace and freedom. It is important for us to remember and to think of how we can live peacefully in the world. That’s what we think about when we have two very quiet minutes. We will remember and share with our children so that they too remember…

Remembrance/Veterans Day; Even The Bird Is Wearing Red

And the larks, still bravely singing, fly… Today is November 11th, Remembrance Day and Veterans Day. As I watched this bird on our deck, the lines of John McCrae’s poem came to mind. Though it’s not a lark, it seemed to me that even the bird was wearing red. On this day, we honor both … Continue reading Remembrance/Veterans Day; Even The Bird Is Wearing Red

Explaining Nov. 11 to Children, Remembrance/Veterans Day

Even though November 11th is Monday, there may be ceremonies in some places this weekend to honor Remembrance Day and Veterans Day. Participating in community events is not just part of kindergarten readiness, it’s part of what joins all of us together. Including children where and when appropriate helps support their social awareness and development. … Continue reading Explaining Nov. 11 to Children, Remembrance/Veterans Day

Readiness for Kindergarten – Remembrance Day/Veterans Day

November 11 is a day to remember, a day to honor the soldiers and peacekeepers, both past and present. In Canada, people wear bright red poppies as a visual symbol and reminder. Children with their just-as-bright curiosity often ask why we wear them. Having a few pictures to go along with our explanations helps kids … Continue reading Readiness for Kindergarten – Remembrance Day/Veterans Day

Kindergarten Readiness – Explaining Remembrance/Veterans Day

Social awareness and development  is not just part of kindergarten readiness, it’s part of everyday. This day has special significance. Parents and teachers often look for resources to help explain Remembrance or Veterans Day to children so that it is meaningful for them. A simple place to start is with the poppy. Children already know … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Explaining Remembrance/Veterans Day