It's Memorial Day weekend and chances are good that there is a parade in your town or a neighboring one. Apart from a sideline viewing of your local procession, it's easy to tie in a poignant history lesson to the weekend festivities -- just check out this great post from Care.com for some ideas.
My grandfather was taken captive in World War II and two uncles were killed in Vietnam, so it's important that my kids understand the meaning of the holiday as they grow older. I remember visiting the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall with my family when I was little, etching out my uncles' names on a small piece of white paper. I remember sitting in my uncle's living room in Missouri and reading the condolence letter his mother received from the president after losing two of her sons in combat.
We are all so lucky to be here today. So yes, have a brilliant, hot, dazzling weekend, but take a moment or two to honor those who lost their lives in service to our great country.
Head to the annual Memorial Day parade in downtown St Joe
Take the old-fashioned ferry across the water in downtown Saugatuck on opening day
Learn about the natural world through crafts, games, songs, live animals and outside explorations
Celebrate your local heroes with a mini-parade and free festivities at Stokes Homestead Farm in Grand Junction
Pull up a boxcar for a "drive-in" movie at the Forever Curious Children's Museum in Fennville
Commemorate Memorial Day with parades in Saugatuck, Douglas, Holland, South Haven and elsewhere
Hike through the Holland State Park trails to see the last of the woodland wildflowers
Click over to the Southwest Michigan Kids calendar for details.