Sunday, May 24, 2015

Honor~Service~Country. A Memorial Day Remembrance

Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor those service men and women who serve and who have served our country and those who have given their lives.

In 2007, I was a leader and accompanied a group of our local middle schoolers on a tour of England and France.  One of the most profound memories of the trip was our visit to Normandy, France.  We toured the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.  The cemetery contains the graves of 9,387 American dead military men and women.  We learned that most of these died during the D-D landings in June of 1944.  Our tour guide told us that all of the headstones of these brave military men and women buried in France face the United States.

Here are some photos of the cemetery and Omaha Beach.  Thankfully, my father in law survived this war from his tour in the South Pacific.  My father also has stories of the war in on his website, Scottish Heritage.  Here is the link to his World War II web page.  This is his Polish Soldiers page.  We can learn much from the past.

The poem, "In Flanders Field" is great to use with students and gives you another reason to sneak in some poetry reflection using Memorial Day as the catalyst.

This Memorial Day, remember to think of all the service men and women who serve and have served our country.  Honor.  Service.  Country.  Freedom definitely isn't free.

Learn more about the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France.
Learn more about Omaha Beach and D-Day

Click the photos to see actual size images of the collage photos.


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