Massachusetts Fallen Heroes has developed an educational program to teach high school students about the meaning of Memorial Day, to introduce them to Gold Star Family members, and to inspire them to act with civic responsibility. The 45-60 minute program focuses on five primary components – honor, service, sacrifice, character and duty.
MFH Educational Program is based on five modules which are presented at participating schools to an assembly of diverse students. Presentations are conducted unscripted, to inform the audience and future leaders on the true meaning of Memorial Day. Students are introduced to Gold Star Family members who then explain what it means to be a Gold Star Family. The discussion with describes the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day from a Gold Star Family viewpoint and a Veteran point of view. This open dialogue is designed to engage students and inspire action from them by encouraging participation in a community event or the MFH Academic Challenge.