A day of remembrance.
Memorial Day teaches our kids to honor all of the soldiers that sacrificed their lives, whether they fought in the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War or Iraq. www.linktrackr.com/memorialday is a site that describes Memorial Day, which is always the last Monday in May. www.apples4theteacher.com has Memorial Day activities for kids.
Memorial Day began in 1868 to honor those who were lost in the Civil War. It was originally called Decoration Day.
Memorial Day welcomes summer with several local festivities
Fiesta Hermosa in Hermosa Beach (www.fiestahermosa.com) takes place Saturday through Monday of Memorial Day Weekend and has arts and crafts with entertainment and vendors.
Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade (www.canogaparkmemorialdayparade.com) is on Memorial Day. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and festival at Quimby Park is from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Garden Grove Strawberry Festival (www.strawberryfestival.org) goes from Friday through Monday.
Cajun Creole Music Festival (www.simicajun.org) is on Saturday and Sunday with both music and dance.
St. Nicholas Valley Greek Festival (www.valleygreekfestival.com) is Saturday through Monday from 1-9 p.m.
Annual Topanga Days Country Fair (www.topangadays.com) is a combination of arts and crafts, entertainment and healing, and is held from Saturday through Monday.
Queen Mary (www.queenmary.com) The ship, parked in Long Beach, offers free admission to all active and retired military. It is open from 10 to 6 p.m. at 1126 Queen’s Highway, Long Beach.
It is customary to visit war monuments, and the president or vice president gives a speech and lays a wreath on soldiers’ graves at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia. To learn more about Memorial Day, you can go to www.timeforkids.com (The Meaning Behind Memorial Day), www.education.com (The Real Meaning of Memorial Day), or www.homeschooling.about.com to learn about the history. While you have the usual Memorial Day barbecues or attend festivals, take a moment to remember the men and women who have died for our country and its freedom.