7 Ways to Honor Memorial Day with Your Children

There are many simple ways to honor Memorial Day with your children

By Anna Hall May 23, 2024

Memorial Day, a U.S. federal holiday observed every year on the last Monday of May, is so much more than the unofficial start of summer. It was established to remember those who died while serving our country's armed forces. It began as Decoration Day after the Civil War when the nation decorated the graves of those who died in the war with flowers. That tradition was eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in military service, and it continues today.

There are many simple ways to honor Memorial Day with your children. Here are 7 ideas:

1. Attend a Memorial Day event

Many parades, ceremonies, and other observances are held throughout the nation to mark this special day.

2. Organize a neighborhood parade

Get the kids to decorate their bikes and trikes or use red, white, and blue decorations to adorn wagons and strollers to parade around your neighborhood with friends.

3. Observe the National Moment of Remembrance

In May 2000, Congress proclaimed that on Memorial Day at 3 p.m., Americans should observe one minute of silence to reflect and remember those who died in military service to the U.S. The National Moment of Remembrance became Public Law in December of that year.

4. Fly the American flag

On Memorial Day, the flag should first be raised to the top of the staff, then slowly lowered to half-staff, until noon, when it should be raised to the top of the staff for the rest of the day.

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5. Visit a historical site or cemetery

Tour a historic battlefield or a soldiers' memorial for a personal look at the sacrifices made by our servicemen. Decorate the graves of soldiers with flags or flowers.

6. Talk to a veteran

Take the kids to hear the story of a serviceman or servicewoman and encourage them to ask questions to better understand the sacrifices military members make. As a sign of thanks, bring cookies, flowers, or a handmade note.

7. Make a patriotic craft or recipe

Make this cute Beaded American Flag Pin or these yummy Patriotic Parfaits.

Honoring Memorial Day can be as simple as taking some time out of the day to remember the true meaning of this important day and showing respect to those who have given their lives in service to the country. You can also teach your children about our country's rich history, the importance of freedom, and the sacrifices that have been made to make the USA what it is today.