So Lily-girl came to Mama after school yesterday and wanted to know more about veterans because in school they talked about the military for their kindergarten social studies lesson (yeah!). This was great news to Mama’s ears as the only time Mama remembers hearing about veterans and the military in school was during pop quiz time. Maybe it’s because we live in a city that is one of the biggest military communities in the country or maybe…maybe schools are getting smart to teaching kids about what REAL HEROS do!!
Heroes should be those in that have served in a military uniform NOT those that make millions of dollars to shoot hoops all over the country and then ignore their fans afterwards. To Mama that is not a hero…a celebrity…but not a hero. Mama knows how easy it is to make that mistake — especially for kids. So Mama laid it out simply to Lily-girl…
“A veteran is someone that has served our country in an honorable way in the military or other civil service job. Most usually it’s in the military — just like your uncle! He is a veteran and today we remember and honor him for his service and heroism.”
There are only four times a year when we really take the time to celebrate our military heroes, wave our flags, wear red, white and blue, and celebrate being an American — Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Veterans Day and Labor Day (which is actually celebrated for laborers not related to military service).
How do you define a veteran to your children? Do you do something special to honor the day?