Memorial Day was set aside as a day of remembrance ~ a day to remember those who died while serving in our country's armed forces. The holiday is observed every year on the last Monday of May.
It originated after the Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. At that time it was called Decoration Day. Over time, Memorial Day was extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.
If you are looking for some books to share with children, here are a few in our library:
by Lynn Hamilton
This book examines the history of Memorial Day and describes some of the ways that this holiday is celebrated.
Civil War! : America becomes one nation
by James I. Robertson, Jr.
This is the book to go to if you want to know about the causes, major battles, military leaders, and effects of the American Civil War.
by Melissa Abramovitz
Perfect for young readers who want to look at lots of photos and learn about some of the modern day technology.
by Tony Gibbons
This book discusses the functions and design features of modern submarines, both conventional diesel-powered and nuclear. It also includes information about such warfare aspects as tactics, missiles, and torpedoes.
by Ian V. Hogg
If you want to know about the evolution of armored tanks, this is the book to read. Modern tanks are equipped with computerized electronics, night vision, air filtration, and laser fire control systems. There's also some information about the tasks tanks perform and how they are used in battles.