How to celebrate Memorial Day with your kids
By Melissa Brodsky
Each year in the United States, we celebrate Memorial Day on the last Monday of May. This holiday is meant to remember and celebrate the brave individuals who have died while serving in the armed forces. If you’re looking for ideas for celebrating this holiday with your family, here are some options:
Learn about Memorial Day
Many families celebrate with cookouts and picnics, and children often are very excited about these events. In fact, many families consider Memorial Day the unofficial first day of summer and kick off the season with fun sporting events and swimming. However, parents often are surprised to discover that their kids don’t really know what they’re celebrating. Here are some sites to help you inform your kids and bone up on your own knowledge:
History.com: Memorial Day: This page explains the meaning of this holiday, covers its history, and provides a brief explanation of Memorial Day traditions.
Military.com: Memorial Day Slideshow: Watch this Memorial Day slideshow with your kids. It’s a visual tribute.
Time for Kids: The Meaning of Memorial Day: This article explains why Memorial Day means more than just a day off from school and work.
Things to do
There are many ways to celebrate this national holiday. Here are some things to do on Memorial Day:
- Attend or participate in a Memorial Day parade.
- Fly a U.S. flag at half-staff until 12 p.m.
- Visit a veteran’s cemetery or war memorial.
- Print, color and discuss pages of this Medal of Honor Coloring Book.
- Make a thank you card to send to soldiers on active duty.
- Visit a veteran and thank him or her for serving.
Of course, you don’t have to give up your juicy burgers or fun day at the beach to celebrate this holiday. As you are having fun, however, ask your kids to remember and appreciate the individuals who’ve fought to keep free, fun days a possibility.