By Brad Toney
Brad Toney is a 2012-2013 corps member serving at the John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Jamaica Plain.
Under the umbrella of ways that citizens may choose to serve our country, we at City Year focus on serving youth and education. Memorial Day, however, is an opportunity for us to recognize and pay honor to our partners, families, and colleagues who choose to serve or have served our country in another way: in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Given our city’s role in shaping our country, Boston is an amazing city in which to commemorate this particular holiday. Below is just a small sampling of activities in which to take your children and family:
Cynergy Crossfit: “21 Guns – A Memorial Day Salute”
In an effort to bridge the divide between returned military veterans and the civilian community, Cynergy Crossfit in Hanson, MA, conducts “21 Guns – A Memorial Day Salute” to pay homage to those service men and women who have returned home. A 21 Gun Salute is our nation’s highest display of honor, and is reserved for fallen troops, among a select few others. This can be an awesome way to begin conversations with children on what characteristics or qualities make a hero.
Military Heroes Garden of Flags at Boston Commons
Each year, the Massachusetts Military Heroes plants a garden of 20,000 flags in front of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument to honor local service members who have given their lives. This awesome visual homage to our veterans is sure to catch your eye if you happen to be on the Boston Commons. Be sure to reserve time in your own schedule to publicly reflect alongside fellow members – old and young, big and small – of our greater Boston community.
Allowing youth the opportunity to express their understanding of concepts such as peace and war helps them to develop their thoughts and feelings. During the month of May at Artbeat, students will have a chance to create projects that represent peace. Examples of projects that students can make include peace lanterns and paintings that display peace using canvas, sand, and more.
When: Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
Harvard Coop for Kids
The Harvard Coop bookstore in Harvard Square is a well respected place where people share thoughts. On Saturday, May 26, students under the age of 7 will have the opportunity to participate in a free story and craft hour, starting at 11 a.m. For Memorial Day, students will be able to make small flags and badges.
Related Article: “Making Memorial Day Memories” from Scholastic’s blog.