- heroic courage when facing tough decisions
“We can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” - The Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln
For the Parent::Battle Cry
For most of us, Memorial Day passes by each year with little fanfare. Sure the kids probably get the day off school (if they’re not out for the summer already), and some of us are fortunate enough to have the day off work. Memorial Day has become a time for BBQ’s and lazy days at the beach. But when was the last time you stopped for a few quiet minutes to reflect on what today is about? True valor often requires great personal sacrifice. Please use today to teach your Warrior Poet about all of our men and women in uniform who have made the greatest sacrifice of all.
For Your Son::Call to Arms
What is a sacrifice? In ancient times, the word “sacrifice” had a very specific religious meaning. A sacrifice was something that people would put on an altar and give up to their God (or gods) to show their faith. This could be money, a sheep from their flock or even crops they had grown. The point of the sacrifice was that it required the worshiper to give away something meaningful. Therefore, the more the sacrifice meant to the worshiper, the greater their sacrifice was.
Let’s fast-forward to modern times. If a sacrifice means “giving away something meaningful”, what do you think the greatest sacrifice would be? Take a second to think about it. The greatest sacrifice that a human being can make is to give up one’s own life. Only the bravest ones among us make such sacrifices. That’s what today, Memorial Day, is all about. Many brave men and women have sacrificed their lives so that we can be free and safe from those who would do us harm. Always remember that the greatest valor lies within those who are willing to sacrifice for others or for the greater good.
Memorial Day Activity
With valor being our core value this month, and today being Memorial Day, don’t worry about waiting until the weekend. There’s no time like the present! If your Warrior Poet is old enough to understand, share a moment of silence for those across history who have sacrificed their lives for what is right and true – especially those in our history who have died to secure the freedoms we now enjoy. Explain to your son that sacrifice is the highest form of valor and tell him of a time that you bravely sacrificed for someone or for a cause greater than yourself.
Act for the Month
Have your child encourage his friends to pick one day per week to wear their Warrior Poet shirts. Do it for the whole month. While you are doing it, make sure the children choose good things to do on that day. Picking up trash, helping others in need, and being kind are all good suggestions. If you capture the moment, share it with us on Social Media and we’ll share it with our fans! Mention @MyWarriorPoet and use #ValorAct!