4 Ways to Celebrate Life & History this Memorial Day

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4 Ways to Celebrate Life & History this Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend is here! According to History.com, “Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.”

Help make Memorial Day a celebration of life and history with these lessons for your classroom:

  1. Check out Time.com‘s multimedia slideshow to introduce your students to 7 little known facts about Memorial Day. For example, did you know that in order “to honor the deceased, soldiers would decorate graves of their fallen comrades with flowers, flags and wreaths. Hence Decoration Day. Although Memorial Day became its official title in the 1880s, the holiday wouldn’t legally become Memorial Day until 1967.”
  2. The Smithsonian released another great blog post covering the history of Memorial Day, including this fact: “The first Memorial Day observances were notable for having been organized by those Americans who were unable to fully participate in the conflict that defined their era: women and African Americans.”
  3. Check out this lesson plan submitted to Education World by Mary E. Noyes. The lesson’s objectives are to honor veterans, think/write critically about the day and what it means to be an American, and build a symbolic “wall of peace.”
  4. Lastly, take a look at all of the resources compiled by Teacher Vision. The resources include “printables, lessons, and references across your curriculum to honor the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in American wars.”

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