Memorial Day -"Greater Love Hath No Man Than This"

Do you feel like Memorial Day has become a 3-day weekend to get things done or go places, instead of one of our most important holidays remembering those who have made the greatest sacrifice of all for our country?  

As I prepared this post, I realized how much I do not want to forget the deep significance of this holiday.  This post has patriotic free printables so you can put reminders in your home of all those we are indebted to and hopefully prompt a family discussion about the courage. love, and sacrifice of those who have fought and died for the cause of freedom here and around the world.  These men and women must be honored and remembered by all of us.  Words of gratitude will never be enough, but we can feel reverence for their sacrifices!!

I have also included some powerful quotes so we remember what a hero is!!

There is also a link to learn about the history of Memorial Day and a list of things we can do to remember!!

I hope you feel the sacredness of this journey in remembering!! 

A free printable below -

 This is from On Sutton Place. Go  here  for the blog post and  here  for the pdf.  A huge thank you to Ann.  I don't belong to box so I just right clicked on the image to "copy image" and pasted it into Word, adjusting the size as desired and printed it.

This is from On Sutton Place. Go here for the blog post and here for the pdf.  A huge thank you to Ann.  I don't belong to box so I just right clicked on the image to "copy image" and pasted it into Word, adjusting the size as desired and printed it.

A free printable below - 

From A Little Crafting.  Go here for the free printable.  Click on the image to enlarge it, then right click to "copy image" and paste into Word to print.  Thank you to A Little Crafting for sharing!!

Don't you love the significance of the word "because" inserted above?  

A Free Printable below -  

This free printable is from eighteen25.  Go here to get it.  Again, because I don't want to sign up for box.  After clicking on their download to enlarge the printable,  I right clicked on the image to "copy image" and pasted it into Word to print.  Thanks to Jodie and Jen for creating and sharing!!

 From  Pinterest

The above is a true principle we must never forget!!  We want the foundation of our lives to be built on doing what's right!!

A brief history about memorial day -

"All About" provides history about Memorial Day with ideas on how we can honor this holiday and pay tribute to all who have sacrificed for us all.  Below is a list of some of those ideas:  

"It is important for Americans to take time to remember the sacrifices that bought their freedom. Here are some ideas on how to celebrate this important American holiday:

  • Send a note of thanks to Veterans you know.
  • If you know someone who has lost a loved one in battle, offer to help with a household project or help meet a special need they have.
  • Visit a local cemetery and place flags or flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers.
  • Fly the American flag at half-staff until noon.
  • Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 pm. Pause and think upon the meaning of Memorial Day.
  • Pray for God’s blessing on America. Ask for God’s protection over all branches of our military."

To read all about the history of this sacred holiday and read a speech given by Ronald Reagan go here.

May this be a year that we help our family feel reverence for all those who had the bravery, courage, character, and values to fight for a cause that was bigger than themselves.  We can emulate this in our daily lives and teach this to our posterity, that we may be a nation of strength and sacrifice, not to have what we want, but to do what is right!!

Hope this helps you have a special Memorial Day!  The post tomorrow will have recipes, decorations and free printables for children to think about the meaning of this holiday and our country!! 

Remember!!