As our Pastor suggested to us, attend Mass on the November 11th and offer Holy Communion for the departed souls who have died in war. Their souls should also be remembered with your daily prayers all November for the Holy Souls.
3. Create a visible reminder.
Whether you place family photos of loved ones past on the fireplace mantle or paint a picture of a field of poppies, encourage your children to remember this important day in a way they can find meaningful. Perhaps you may want to create a bouquet of red paper poppies with the name of family or friends who have served or are still serving in peacekeeping missions. Place your bouquet in a prominent place and pray the rosary for those shown on your flowers.
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7. Learn more about the holiday and its meaning.
Here are a few ways that you can learn more:
-Talk to a veteran or schedule one to come and speak to your homeschool group or co-op. Veteran's can be found in almost every parish and retirement community. They are usually eager to share their stories and experiences with others especially young people who show interest.
-Visit a museum to learn more about your local history and veteran's from your area. Our town is lucky enough to have a memorial museum where visitors can see authentic photographs, artifacts, maps and more from the WWI and WWII. Local veterans are highlighted and honoured and the museum is run by the veterans.
-Borrow child friendly books from your local library such as Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting by Jim Murphy or A Poppy is to RememberLightburn.
Let us always strive to remember, honour and pray for those who have gone before us in obedience, courage and love.
I hope you find these resources helpful.
In Flanders Field
by John McCrae
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
PRAY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US . . .
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
May the souls of the faithful departed,