Spokane children learn true meaning of Memorial Day

The grounds at Fairmount Memorial Park hold those who valiantly fought for our freedom. Those heroes got a visit Friday from preschoolers at Northeast Youth Center.

Kate Green, who is the center’s executive director, said the kids learned an important lesson.

“It’s about remembering what these people fought for and how we have such an amazing freedom and opportunity in this country that others don’t have,” Green said.

Although the fallen military members came from a different generation, even five-year-old Aeryn can understand how closely our past is tied to the present.

So, which each flag she drove into the ground, she though about those people. Her grandfather was among them.

“He jumped from airplanes and I don’t know much, but I do know that he jumped and fighted war,” Aeryn said.

He was among so many other brave men and women. That’s why this holiday weekend holds such purpose.

“We’re celebrating the families and the people who fought and died for this country,” Green said.

So, the young students planted a flag next to each grave. Then, they placed a penny on each name.

That coin is a message to the fallen heroes family that someone stopped by to pay their respects.

“It’s a moment for us to really reflect and be thankful for what we have and the people who fought so hard and the families that sacrificed to give us what we have,” Green said.

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