Veterans Day: 5 lessons to convey to children about war

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Friends of mine are planning to take their children to Honolulu. They’ll visit the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, the commemorative site of the attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

Since I’ve interviewed veterans and written about World War II, they asked me what they might teach their kids about the difficult topic of war. These are the top five lessons for the next generation that I passed on to them: 

Be a peacemaker

Strive for peace with all your might. When conflicts arise, the first questions must be: Can you solve this dispute peacefully? Can you talk it out? Will sanctions and embargoes (economic restrictions placed upon a hostile country) work instead of armed conflict? 

A military honor guard drapes a U.S. flag over the casket of Marine Corps Pfc. John Franklin Middleswart at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery,  June 8, 2021, in San Diego. Middleswart was laid to rest 80 years after he died in the attack on Pearl Harbor and just months after his remains were finally identified. (Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

That’s because the stakes of war are huge. Deadly huge. You must always strive for peace with everything

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