Have a grandfather who served in the war, a friend, relative or neighbor who serves today? Say thank you by giving them a hug! They risked their lives for our freedom and to keep us all safe. A hug is the least we can do. What do we teach our kids when we encourage them to hug a GI? We teach them that these individuals cared enough to give their lives in service to our country; so we should care enough to share a respectful, thankful hug. "I think the origin of the holiday is because of the date. It’s the only date in the calendar that is an order…March Forth! It’s a military thing." Sabrina Honda, USAF
I Miss You!: A Military Kid's Book About Deployment by Beth Andrews
Military families face stressful times that are unique to the military lifestyle. One of the most challenging situations, both for children and parents, is when a father, mother, or sibling is deployed for military service and must be away from the home. Children often experience sadness, anger, fear, anxiety, and loneliness, and they do not understand their own feelings or know how to express them. Hero Dad by Bryan Langdo Some superheroes wear rocket-propelled boots, drive super-powered cars, and have X-ray vision. But other superheroes wear army boots, drive tanks, and go away for long trips to make the world a safer place. It's a tough job, but that's what superheroes have to do. With Melinda Hardin's simple text and with Bryan Langdo's endearing watercolor-and-pencil illustrations, Hero Dad makes a difficult and tender subject more accessible to children with parents serving far from home.
Hero Mom By Melinda Hardin
The moms in the book are superheroes. They may not leap over tall buildings, and they may not have super-human speed. But these moms construct buildings, fly planes, and make tanks roll. They do all kinds of things to help create a safer world. These superheroes are moms. Military moms. Hero moms.
My Hero: Military Kids Write About Their Moms and Dads by Allen Appel Working through the Armed Services YMCA, Alan Appel and Mike Rothmiller have collected more than 100 essays from children whose parents are serving or have served in the military. The children’s heartfelt, moving, sometimes funny, and completely honest observations about their moms and dads truly capture the emotional connection between parent and child. It is a connection that cannot be severed even when a parent is thousands of miles away, gone for long stretches of time, and in danger.
Inspiring, heartbreaking, and genuine, this book provides a fascinating look inside the hearts and minds of kids who love and honor their moms and dads as heroes - at home or on the battlefield.
Want to help your kids have a better understanding about military life? Consider touring a Military aircraft or museum. Some, like the USS Iowa are open for tours. Check the internet for ships, planes or museum about our United States Military.