On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month Canada will pause in a brief moment of silence to remember the brave and selfless soldiers who have given their lives in the service of our country.
As we pay tribute to the men and women who have fought for Canada, as well as the countless innocents who have fallen victim to war throughout the years let us be thankful, but most of all, let us remember.
Make Remembrance Day Meaningful for Your Children
Thankfully, for many Canadian children war is a distant concept that may be difficult to grasp. As parents and educators it is up to us to link our history to the present day so that Remembrance Day celebrations hold a meaningful place in the hearts of our youth.
We want youth to understand the individual sacrifices that have been, and continue to be made, in times of war. It’s important they understand why peace is so critical to our country, and why we should strive for it. And it’s always necessary for our children to understand that the freedom we enjoy today came at a high price.
These are serious topics, especially for young children. We don’t want to rob our children of their innocence by discussing war. However, we also want them to feel pride in our veterans and the men and women who continue to dedicate their lives to our country.
A great way to teach these lessons and discuss the importance of Remembrance Day is to help our children make personal connections with our veterans. Not sure how to do this? Check out The Memory Project.
The Memory Project
The Memory Project is a website dedicated to sharing personal stories of Canadian veterans and active service men and women with students. This website is a great tool for both parents and educators. It provides pictures, audio interviews and historical artefacts that will help create a personal connection between our veterans and youth.
Bringing history alive, The Memory Project shares veterans’ stories from WWI, WWII and the Korean War with visitors. A great tool for educators, you can book a speaker for your classroom and also download lesson plans.
Do you know a veteran? Learn more about their war contribution by reading their stories and viewing some of their pictures. Or, you can help keep their memory alive by submitting their story and artefacts to the The Memory Project.
Our Kids Media would like to thank our veterans and active service men and women for their selfless contributions to our country. Lest we forget.
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