a special feature from Kay & Leslie, founders Grandparentslink.com

Ahhhh, the unofficial start to summer kicks off with this holiday. We get one extra day to spend time together and enjoy the three-day weekend. Can you smell the fresh air, the sweet scent of seasonal flowers, and that wonderful aroma of great food for family and friends? These are just some of the things that mark the beginning of a long awaited season for outdoor fun, fresh food, great get-togethers, and entertaining.

But before the BBQ gets lit, or the salads are made, or the chicken is cooked up, let’s take a moment together with whomever we are sharing this weekend, whether it’s with our contemporaries, or grandchildren, or adult children, and think about the true meaning of Memorial Day. Easily we lose focus on what the holiday defines. No one is too old, or too young (albeit the infants!) to learn Memorial Day is about remembering those who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty and defended the freedoms we enjoy each and every day. Go ahead and place a flag outside your home, and let your grandchildren know why.

The National Moment of Remembrance is at 3pm every Memorial Day. It’s a great opportunity for children and adults to stop and reflect upon our fallen soldiers. Together say a simple prayer of thanks and take in a moment of silence. We believe it’s important to set an example to future generations; this engages one of the many advantageous moments we have as grandparents. Together, let’s set an example.