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How To Talk To Your Kids About Military Service

Looking to Mahwah parents for advice

What is your family doing for Memorial Day? How do you explain the significance of the day to your kids?

Suzanne Curry May 25, 2011 at 05:00 PM
When I was a kid growing up there weren't many wars the US was involved in. Times have changed for my children. They have grown up hearing stories of brave men and women going off to war and some not coming back or coming back seriously injured. I hate video games that trivialize war. My dad, a World War II veteran, agrees with the phrase "War is hell". I am glad this day is set aside for remembrance but Memorial Day should not be the only day that we honor our troops. Our country is free and protected every day because of them. We should say a prayer for them every day. That's what I tell my kids. And thank you again Dad. – Suzanne Curry- writing as a member of the Mom’s Council
Patricia Patella May 25, 2011 at 05:12 PM
This Memorial Day we are getting together with friends and family. We celebrate our time together and remember all those who have helped make and keep our country safe. The kids will ask questions from time to time about soldiers and how they came to be part of our military. My husband and I tell them that there are many brave people in our country who have a calling to join our military to continue to protect our nation. Sometimes people join because other family members have served and it's a tradition they keep alive. We explain there are many reasons people join the military and we should be thankful for every one of them. Without these brave men and women our country would not be the "Land of the Free." Tricia Patella Mom's Council

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