I realize that all of the readers of this blog are not Americans, but most are. Today is Memorial Day here in the United States. I know that most years, this day passes and I do not often think about the meaning of it. It is a day off of teaching and a day to go to a barbeque and go swimming. I do not want to do that this year. Celebrating the nearing of summer and the warm up is great…but I do not want to let this day go by without doing what this day was set aside for: remembering.
I am inserting a video here that gives the history of Memorial Day. It is from Whitehouse.gov. No matter where you lie politically or philosophically, today is a day to set that aside. We need to remember those that died for our freedom to disagree with one another. They died for the freedom for us to think on our own, create, and to teach others. Take a minute and check out the video. By the way, this is kid friendly and something you could use in your classroom to make sure you students understand why they had a day off today.
Teacher, you have the freedom to teach. You get to teach your students to learn. You get to teach your students to think on their own. Agree or disagree with war, people died for you to have the freedom to live your life in freedom and speak your heart and mind. We live in an amazing country. We need to remember those show gave their lives and gave their loved ones for those freedoms.
Thank about those who died or have lost someone. Say a prayer for the families of those who are putting their lives on the line as you read this. Lay some flowers as a memorial. Thank someone who have lost a family member. Most of all, just remember the high price of your freedom.
Enjoy your family. Enjoy the warmth. Enjoy the pool. Enjoy your freedoms…but don’t forget to remember. Teach your students to do the same.
You are awesome, as always. Keep on teaching, Teacher!