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Celebrating Memorial Day at The Holiday Zone

Memorial Day Discussion Topics for English Language Learners

  • What is Memorial Day?

  • When did Memorial Day begin?

  • Why do people observe Memorial Day?

  • What does Memorial Day mean to you?

  • Why is it important to remember men and women who have died for our country?

  • How did the poppy come to be a symbol of Memorial Day?

  • Does your home country have a holiday similar to Memorial Day? If so, what is it? When is it observed? How is it observed?

  • What are some of the risks a soldier faces?

  • What sacrifices do soldiers make? 

  • What character qualities does an individual need in order to be a good soldier? Explain your answer.

  • Why do people volunteer to serve in the Armed Forces?

  • Some countries require all citizens (or all male citizens) to serve a certain amount of time in the military. What are the benefits of mandatory service? What are the disadvantages?

  • Which is better, an all-volunteer military or mandatory military service? Why?

  • What makes a person a hero?

  • Name someone whom you consider a hero, and explain why that person is a hero to you.

  • It's been said that heroes are simply ordinary people who do extraordinary things. Do you agree or disagree with this definition? Explain your answer.

  • What would you be willing to fight for? Why?

  • What would you be willing to die for? Why?

  • What makes someone a good citizen? Explain your answer.

  • What responsibilities do citizens have to their country? Their government? Their fellow citizens?
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