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12 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day With the Kids

from flower donations to patriotic chalk art

Memorial Day is coming up and we all know that it’s more than just another three-day weekend. Memorial Day is the chance to reflect and thank those who gave their lives in service to our country. If you’re looking for some ways to do that with the kids—in addition to the usual backyard barbecue—here are 12 ways to commemorate the holiday.

1.Read a book about the holiday together.

2. Visit a local veteran’s cemetery.

3. Create a patriotic chalk art display or decorate your front porch or patio.

4. Make an America-themed dessert. If you’re in need of inspiration, check out our 4 Tasty Memorial Day Dishes, which includes red, white and blue fruit popsicles.

5. Teach your kids how to the fly the flag and proper Memorial Day flag etiquette—half-staff from sunrise to noon for those who died in wars, and then full-staff for the rest of the day to honor living veterans and those still fighting for our country.

6. Create a care package with letters, crafts and/or notes for a veteran or active military member.

7. Decorate your living room and kitchen with patriotic decor.

8. Make a donation to military families through the National Military Family Association or Wounded Warrior Project.

9. Take treats, books or homemade cards to your local veteran’s hospital. (Be sure to check the hospital guidelines for donations.)

10. Get creative with printable Memorial Day coloring pages.

12. Donate flowers to be arranged at Arlington National Cemetery.

12. Watch the National Memorial Day Concert on May 30, at 7pm on PBS.

How are you celebrating Memorial Day with your family? Tell us at editorial@dfwchild.com.

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