If your kids are like most, they’re looking at Memorial Day as just another day off of school before summer brings that final bell. They might be too young to grasp how important this holiday is, or maybe they just don’t understand. After all, they’re only kids.
But as a parent, it’s your job to show them why Memorial Day isn’t just a barbecue and a late bedtime on Sunday night. You need to help them to understand the sacrifice made by so many in the defense of freedom. If you haven’t made your Memorial Day plans yet, here are a few places you can visit with the kids to show them the true meaning of the holiday.
Brooklyn, New York: The Prison Ship Martyrs Monument
There are definitely more well-known war memorials, but this uniquely historic spot in Brooklyn honors fallen heroes who may not hold a spot of prominence in the history books. During the American Revolution, nearly 11,500 American soldiers died as prisoners of war aboard British war ships, and this Fort Greene monument honors their sacrifice.