|Campster making noise with a flag tucked behind one ear|
Wow. They did it up right. There were many, many veterans. And everyone clapped. Someone was handing out flags for the kids to wave. I explained to the kids that their job was to clap and wave their flags in honor not only of the people in the parade who had served their country and won our freedoms, but also in honor of the many who had died in that service. It was really moving to me.
Also in the parade were the school band, the community band, the police, firefighters, and volunteer ambulance service. Then came the boy and girl scouts. I think half the town was in the parade, and the other half was watching, cheering them on.
Following the parade, well, everyone followed the parade! The crowd fell in behind the last group and walked up the middle of the main street to the old cemetery. We stopped along the way to talk with the veterans who were all in uniform. "Where and when did you serve?" I would ask them. They lit up to tell of their personal history. One had served at the end of WWII. He was there for VJ day. Another served during WWII, but did not see action. The kids really enjoyed hearing their stories and asking questions. It make history come alive to meet the people who lived it. We all thanked them for sharing their stories with us, and for their service to us. I think we made their day.
|Sher Bear in the world's most patriotic dress|
As we walked out of the cemetery, Jor Man told me he had a "suggestment" (his special word). He wanted to know if we could come to the graveyard once a week and make grave rubbings.
"Then," he said, "We could study the people who died and find out about them." What a great idea! This is exactly why I unschool - kids are interested in the world, and they will find their own ways to learn about it that are meaningful to them. So I am looking into Ancestry.com as a resource for gravestone research.
I'd love to hear what fun things your kids come up with to study. Please, share their great ideas, and we can encourage each other by our kids' ingenuity and creativity.
Wish you were here!