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Finding Family History this Memorial Weekend

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Finding Family History this Memorial Weekend

 
Are you hosting a feast this weekend?  Before we get to the turkey burgers and dogs I want the kiddos to dig up a little family history to remember family members (real and ‘just like kin’) who died while serving in the military. It wasn't just the upcoming holiday that brought on the desire to dig up family military history. The younger ones actually asked me if Memorial Day was only about cooking out.  [sigh.]
No’. I replied. 
When I explained what Memorial Day is about, they asked me about my uncle, their great uncle, Sylvester "Mickey" Jackson, Jr.  Unfortunately, I never got to meet him.   As a result of long lost stories, that when told by my mama bring up a aching sadness, I really only think about my uncle when I see the old black and white picture of him in his Army uniform.  Having the kiddos ask me about him this week got me to thinking about his short life and that it’s time to learn more about him than what we see in the picture frame.  So we did/will do the following: 
 

 

For the elementary kids:

 

 We visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. We looked up my uncle.  We couldn’t find any pictures, but we did find pictures of the medals he earned.  

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By looking at this site we were able to determine that our uncle received medals for:
  • Purple Heart
  • National Defense Service
  • Vietnam Service
  • Republic of Vietnam Campaign

 

and Army Badges:

 

 

For the Big Kids:

 

We know so little about our family history. Right now we can only look back about three generations past my grandmother to gain a little insight.  It’s always good to know something you can be proud of, history you can pass on to the kiddos to brag about.  We were able to find more information about how my uncle and how he passed away by using the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund site and clicking on ‘Full Profile’.

 

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For the teen we discussed his medals and badges and how he passed away.  Since we have the day off Monday I will either have her write about or come to me and report about what she thinks:
  • He went through leaving his family.
  • He felt about  possibly dying for his country so young.  
  • His experiences as a Black man in the Army.
Though we don’t know a lot about his service, she should find some pretty good information about Blacks in the military on the sites below. 
Civil War
World War I
World War II

 

 

 

For the Preschool and Kindergarten kids:

 

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For my youngest who doesn't quite get war and the military I plan to introduce her to the idea of memorials by making these cool red, white and blue popsicles (from theslowroasteditalian.com).
 
Red White and Blue-Berry Popsicles
makes 10 popsicles 

2 cups plain yogurt, divided
3 tablespoons honey, divided
6 ounces blueberries, washed
6 ounces raspberries, cleaned
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Find the directions here

 

 

 

Who will your family celebrate this Memorial Day Weekend? 

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

 

 

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