This Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day. Memorial Day gives Americans the opportunity to remember, honor and commemorate those who have lost their lives in service of our country.

Despite the significance of the day, it might seem difficult to think of the ideal way to observe it.

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After all, to many, the occasion serves as little more than a much-needed day off. But it's important that we take time, especially with our children, to explore the meaning behind the holiday and engage in opportunities to really grasp the message it conveys.

There are countless ways to impart the significance of Memorial Day to children. From visiting sites like the Gettysburg battlefield to taking a trip to one of the nation's several memorial grounds, such as the Vietnam Memorial or Arlington National Cemetery, opportunities abound. It's easy to sit down with a child and explain to him or her that people have given their lives to protect the country in which we live. But our words mean little in comparison to what we can show our children.

Memorial Day offers Americans the chance to reflect on the loss of some of our bravest citizens. And it gives us the opportunity to explore the meaning of sacrifice, the idea of selflessness and the cruelty of war with our children.

Day trips to historic, meaningful locations give us the opportunity to give our children both a sense of perspective and a feeling of appreciation. But taking a trip with those we love is also a great way to make memories together that will last forever.

So this Memorial Day, why not do something worthwhile?

We have the power to make this holiday more than just a day off. We can make this Memorial Day an opportunity to teach our children lessons that will last them a lifetime. Let's not waste it.

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