Thursday, May 24, 2018

This Monday is Memorial Day!

Guest post from Mallory, Mrs. Yollis' former student

This Monday, May 28, is Memorial Day in the United States. 
It is a national holiday!

LAST YEAR, I celebrated Memorial Day with my mom and my Girl Scout troop in a special way.  We went to the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood to place American flags on the headstones of soldiers who have served our country in the military.   There were so many other troops to help, including Daisies, Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Eagle Scouts.

Photo by Mallory's Mom

There was very specific way to place the flags.  They had to be put 1 foot away from the headstone and 2 inches into the ground.  Then we were told to stand and have a moment of silence to recognize and honor the soldier for their dedication to our country.

Photo by Mallory's Mom

I was very interested to read each soldier's headstone.  Some fought in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War.  There were many soldiers who even fought in more than one war.

This memorable experience inspired me to come home and learn more about Memorial Day.  I found out many interesting facts on Wikipedia. 

Memorial Day Facts:
* Memorial Day used to be called "Decoration Day" during the Civil War.
* It wasn't until after World War II that the name changed to Memorial Day.
* In 1967, it was declared a national holiday.
* There are 88,000 graves in the Los Angeles National Cemetery.

Photo by Mallory's Mom
How do you celebrate Memorial Day where you live?

Do you have anyone in your family who has served in the military?

1 comment:

  1. Lisa (Nolan's Mom)May 25, 2018 at 9:18 AM

    Dear Mallory,

    I really enjoyed reading your guest blog post for several reasons.

    First, I believe it is very important to recognize Memorial Day and to learn more about what this holiday represents. We can show our patriotism and our respect better if we take the time to understand the holiday.

    Second, I am happy to see Girl Scouts of all ages (and also Boy Scouts) taking part in such events and learning from them. I was a Girl Scout from kindergarten until 12th grade, and in Girl Scouts I learned how to treat, respect and honor the United States flag. I have never forgotten what I learned in Girl Scouts!

    Finally, you used a well organized combination of narrative, descriptive writing, information, and photos in this post. I especially liked how you described how you had special instructions for how to place the flag, and then your accompanying photo illustrated your description.

    In conclusion, I really liked how you took a personal experience and then took it upon yourself to learn even more...and then you found a way to share that information with others in an organized way! I hope that your post encourages other students to think not only about Memorial Day but also what makes a great blog post. Way to go!

    What level of Girl Scouts are you in now? I am a very proud troop leader of Brownies.

    Lisa (blogging parent)


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