Thursday, November 11, 2010

Remembering Our Veterans

Bo, our oldest can't seem to read enough, watch enough or play enough about army men, battles and wars.  He is so interested in this part of history.  Last week we studied World War II.  We used a couple of great resources that I would highly recommend.
We began the week by watching The League of Grateful Sons.  This is a documentary put together by Vision Forum.  It was a wonderful reminder of the sacrifice that so many families have made for our freedom.  I shed a few tears...and daddy was holding them back...seriously worth watching.

We then read a chapter each day from Coming In on a Wing and a Prayer.  When I would take this book out each day to read Bo would cheer.  He absolutely loves history.  I am so thankful he is getting to experience the many wonderful stories of people throughout history and not just memorizing dates and places.

At breakfast this morning I explained that today was Veteran's Day.  We discussed what being a veteran means and after breakfast we made some thank you cards to carry to our local nursing home and give out to the veterans there.  As the boys worked on the cards, I read The Wall by Eve Bunting.

We were able to hand out five thank you cards at the local nursing home.  There was one man who really talked to us a lot and he showed us a picture of himself and a friend in World War II.  He was finally awarded the Bronze Star last year.  Our local paper is supposed to have an article about him on Sunday.  We were very blessed to be able to visit with him for a little while today.
Duty is the most sublime word in our language.  Do your duty in all things.  You cannot do more.  You should never wish to do less.  -Robert E. Lee
After our visit at the nursing home, we went to the local Veteran's Memorial Park.  Here are the littles around the monument.  My great-grandmother's uncle's name is on the monument.  He was killed during World War II.  Bo wanted to find a piece of paper and make a rubbing of his name, but we did not have any.  I told him we would come back and do it another day.
And just so you know how much Bo really loves anything that has to do with wars and battles, here is my latest purchase...
He spotted this lovely jacket at the thrift store about a month ago.  He desperately wanted me to buy it for him that day because he could wear it as an officer's jacket and pretend he was Stonewall Jackson.  I didn't buy it that day because it wasn't on sale.  So when we went back this week, he remembered that jacket had a blue tag and when we walk in the door he says, "Mom blue tags are on sale today!"  I told him to go see if they still had the jacket...and of course...they did.  So he is one happy boy now.  Either Bo or Boo has had that jacket on since we bought it.


Kim Quick said... are such an awesome mom and such an inspiration! I LOVE LOVE LOVE reading about your "adventures"!!

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