Teaching Children about Veterans and the Cost of Freedom
Wreaths Across America (WAA) is enacting a 21-Day Salute, recognizing groups and individuals who exemplify the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach. The organization has a goal to place a wreath at every headstone at Arlington National Cemetery, but they have a dream that people across the country will share the mission of WAA for generations.
In 2010, WAA was looking to expand their mission to Teach. Sarah Worcester knew how difficult it was to explain the cost of freedom to her own children. Motivated to help, she volunteered to write a children’s book based on her successful Daisy the Dog series. She hoped the book would make it easier for parents to help their children understand how veterans’ sacrifices preserved their freedoms and why it’s important to remember and thank them.
Sarah’s new book, Parade of Purpose, follows Daisy as she and her friends travel with the convoy of wreaths down to Arlington National Cemetery. Along the way, Daisy introduces her friends to the Patriot Guard Riders, Gold Star Mothers, Civil Air Patrol and other veterans. Sarah said she wrote the book with her children in mind, taking the time “to describe each group and what they do, in terms they could understand.” When Daisy reaches Arlington she tells her friends: “It’s important to remember that freedom isn’t free. It should be looked at as a gift, and this parade has shown you all the people who are involved in giving us that gift!”
At the end of the book, children are encouraged to color a wreath and present it to a veteran to say thank you. The wreath, says Sarah, “represents eternal life because it has no beginning and no end. The wreath is a symbol of respect, of honor, and of victory.”
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