In our travels this year I have come upon several reminders of the service and sacrifice of our Nation’s veterans. From the US Pampinito and the Jeremiah O’Brian on the pier in San Francisco to the World War II Memorial in Washington DC, you can give your children a chance to learn more about the history of military men and women in service to our great nation. My uncle’s and Ken’s grandfather served in WWII, and my aunt was an army nurse at the military hospital in Philadelphia.
The Smithsonian does a great job of explaining the history of our nation at war and giving all of us some sense of the experience of soldiers and the families that they leave behind on the home front. I think between his visits to the Smithsonian and the war memorials, my eleven year old gained a much deeper appreciation of the sacrifices that soldiers make for our freedom.
When I was a teenager, one of my friends decided to join the Navy. I had a very difficult time understanding his decision, I didn’t want him to put himself in harms way even in service to his country. Now that I am older and wiser, I have a deep and abiding appreciation for what our soldiers do and the sacrifies that their families make. They are my friends, cousins, and neighbors. They are mom bloggers holding down the home front while their husbands are deployed. They are moms and veterans who have turned served their country and now have settled down to raise their children.
Today I pray, for the kids who must cope with a parent deployed, for those risking their lives for us every day, for the soldier trying to reach out to the locals and make life better in Afghanistan, for those who have been injured or lost their lives in service to their country. I also pray that our leaders make wise decisions and do everything they can to bring peace to this troubled world, so our soldiers sacrifices will not have been in vain.
This year, try to include a visit to a military memorial or historical site in your travels. Remind your kids of the importance of freedom and the sacrifices that others have made on their behalf.
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