Memorial Day is a federal holiday that is celebrated on the last Monday of every May. It is a special day to remember and honor all of the fallen heroes that have died for our country.
All New Horizon Academy schools and offices are closed on Memorial Day. However, it’s important to teach children that this day is much more than just a day of no school.
Here are a few ways you can teach children about Memorial Day while honoring all of the soldiers that have sacrificed their lives for the United States of America.
How to Observe Memorial Day with Children
1. Visit Your Local Veterans Cemetery
Visiting a local veterans cemetery is a great way to pay your respects to fallen soldiers. Whether you are visiting a loved one or simply paying tribute to all those who served, this is a great way to honor their sacrifice. You can even bring flowers to place on the grave.
2. Make Your Own Flag and Teach Children about Proper Flag Etiquette
Memorial Day is a great opportunity to teach children about the American flag. Help them recreate the US flag with construction paper or red and blue markers. You can also explain why flags are flown at half-staff on Memorial Day in remembrance.
3. Attend a Memorial Day Parade
Parades are a popular Memorial Day tradition. If your family doesn’t mind large crowds, take your children to a Memorial Day parade! You can also enjoy the National Memorial Day Parade from your home by watching it on TV. Explore ways to watch here.
4. Take a Moment of Silence to Observe the National Moment of Remembrance
Every Memorial Day, there is a nationwide Moment of Remembrance at 3pm. Take a few moments with your children to stay silent and remember those who have died.
5. Write Thank You Cards to Active Military
As you talk to children about the importance of honoring the soldiers that have served, you can also support those who are currently serving. Help your children write thank you letters to be sent to active military members overseas. Here are a few websites that share how and where to send thank you cards to troops:
Of course, there are countless different ways to honor and remember our nation’s heroes. For more patriotic activity ideas, check out some of our resources below:
Happy Memorial Day!
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