I think of Memorial Day as the start of the summer beach season. It wasn’t until my dear brother made a comment about “no one remembering veterans anymore” that I realized Memorial Day could be yet another “teachable moment” with my kids.
When I told my eight-year-old son we were going to watch the Veteran’s Day observance in Rehoboth Beach, he grumbled and groaned. I wasn’t surprised. What kid in his right mind wants to go to something called an “observance” when the sun, sand and boardwalk amusements beckon?
Maybe if he had known a veteran would give him one of the shells fired off in the salute, he would have argued less.
Perhaps if he realized that a World War II veteran would tell him, “Yes, I remember FDR! Of course!” it would make his first big oral book report — due this week — that much more interesting.
Or had he known that a reporter for the local newspaper would interview him, my idea for the outing might have seemed more exciting.
But in the end, what mattered most to me was not the arguing beforehand, but what he said after the ceremony ended.
“Thank you,” he said to the veterans.
And to me, he said, “Thanks, Mom, I’m glad we came.”
What did you do on Memorial Day? If you didn’t observe the day with veterans, do you plan to next year? Please leave a comment and share!
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