Memorial Day
Writing Prompts #4

Here are 10 Memorial Day writing prompts you can use to ring in the holiday with your classroom or your own personal journal. If you enjoyed these prompts, buy the entire collection of 1,000 Writing Prompts for Holidays on Amazon.

871. Memorial Day is a holiday meant to commemorate the lives of service members who have passed away. Do you think it's important to honor the deceased? Why or why not?

872. There are multiple war memorials around the country to honor the fallen soldiers of World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and more. People will go to these memorials to pray, lay flowers, or just look at the names of their family members. Why do people act in these ways around memorials? How do you think you would spend your time at a war memorial? Why?

873. You have stumbled upon the diary of a soldier from the Civil War, over a century ago. What are some of the entries about? What might you learn from such an intimate portrayal of a deadly war? How might you try to honor this long-gone soldier's memory? Why?

874. Most countries have a similar holiday to MD in which they honor their fallen service members. How do you think the occasion might differ in other nations and why? What might it be like to visit a war memorial when touring a foreign country?

875. There are many service members who died during major wars who were not in the act of fighting. These people include doctors, nurses, lawyers and clergymen. How do you think these people should be honored on Memorial Day? Why might they have been willing to put themselves at risk for jobs they could have outside of the military?

876. While some people lost members of their family in the military decades in the past, there are also those who lost them in the past month or year. How would you comfort someone who recently lost a loved one? Why?

877. Imagine that everyone fighting for the U.S. military gave up and went home. What might some of the consequences be of having no military whatsoever? How does this demonstrate the importance of having active service members who are willing to keep America free?

878. Imagine that you have been asked to speak at a wreath-laying taking place at a nearby war memorial. What points might you want to hit during your speech? What would be the most important objective of your talk and why?

879. Even if you have no family members or friends who have been anywhere close to the military, it's still possible to honor those who have served. What are some ways you can participate in honoring fallen troops on Memorial Day? What might your efforts mean to someone who has lost a member of his or her family? Why?

880. You have several million dollars that you've raised to start a foundation to support members of the military. In what way would your foundation help the military? How would you personally participate in the organization? How would people feel about what the group does and why?

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