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Things to Do with Your Kids on Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is the day that we honor those who have lost their lives while serving their country. Younger kids may not understand why Memorial Day is celebrated, but there are some things you can do with them to teach them.




Fly the American flag- Fly the American flag in your yard to show respect to our military heroes. Older kids can learn not only how to fly the American flag, but how to fold one as well. Be sure you fly the flag at half-mast on Memorial Day, which symbolizes the country in mourning.

Visit a local cemetery- Most local cemeteries have graves that belong to our fallen heroes. Bring some flowers along and place them on headstones that don’t have any. While at the cemetery, explain to your kids how these soldiers died brave men and women, protecting the United States.

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Read a book- There are several good books out there for kids to read, or have read to them, teaching them about why we celebrate Memorial Day. Need some ideas? Check out Memorial Day Surprise by Theresa Martin Golding, The Wall by Eve Bunting or America: A Patriotic Primer by Lynne Cheney.

Write a letter to a soldier overseas- Have the kids sit down and write a letter to a soldier who is stationed overseas, thanking them for their service and dedication. If you don’t know anyone specifically, there are some nonprofit organizations just for this. Check out Any Soldier and A Million Thanks.

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Help a veteran in the community- Most communities have veterans who are disabled or are widows of veterans. Spend time doing some of the things they can’t do, like gardening and house painting. You can also bring them a nice warm, home-cooked meal. You can even just sit with them and talk and keep them company.

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17 Comments

  1. robin rue says

    We are going to the parade this year and then having some people over for a little cookout 🙂

  2. Valerie Gray says

    I definitely would like to make sure my kiddo knows why we celebrate Memorial day. I think you have a lot of great suggestions here and I think I might just do one or two.

  3. Dina Demarest says

    These are such good ideas. I need to get my kids to go to the cemetary and to write a letter too.

  4. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    We have a cookout with a ton of our family and friends every Memorial Day. It’s a great way to be together on such an important day.

  5. Pam Wattenbarger says

    These are great ways to show your kids the true meaning of Memorial Day. It isn’t all about barbecues!

  6. Liz Mays says

    I think teaching the kids what Memorial Day means by getting them involved is a good idea. These are great suggestions.

  7. Theresa says

    We like to pay a visit to the veteran’s memorial ground a few minutes from my house. We usually do a cookout in the afternoon as well.

  8. Erin F says

    I am glad that you mentioned Any Soldier and A Million Thanks. These are great ways to teach kids that they get to have the freedoms they do because of those who laid down their life and is also a great way to thank the ones who are currently serving.

  9. Elizabeth O. says

    It’s nice to make sure that they understand what we’re celebrating and why we’re celebrating it. It’s one of the best ways that we can honor what our veterans sacrificed for us.

  10. Amanda Love says

    I am a veteran and I try my best to remind the kids what our veterans have done to help them live a life that’s free from war and suffering. It’s important that we make them aware and teach them about what happened in the past so they can appreciate and respect our veterans during this special day.

  11. Our Family World says

    These are all great ways to teach the children to honor our fallen heroes. I love the idea of writing a letter to a soldier. I will suggest this to my nephews and nieces.

  12. Sheena Tatum says

    Writing a letter is brilliant! I think that’s such a great way to celebrate.

  13. Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly says

    Severe rain and thunderstorms here so far all week, and the forecast predicts a soggy holiday weekend, so having fun indoors is on the agenda! 🙂

  14. Dana Vento says

    Baking is an excellent way to combine family fun with the meaning of Memorial Day. But these ways are useful as well anyway!

  15. Crystal says

    It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, with all of us running around. I am really looking forward to Memorial Day weekend to be able to spend time with my family. I’ll share this list so we can make it an awesome weekend.

  16. Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place says

    We are enjoying our relaxing Memorial Day weekend at home right now. But these are such fantastic ideas if you and your family are looking to do outdoor activities at this time.

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