Although many of us look forward to Memorial Day for the epic sales, backyard barbecues, and boozy summer cocktails, it's important to remember what the holiday is truly about: honoring the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. With just a bit of planning, it's easy to include this meaning in your holiday schedule, and family members of all ages can have fun doing it.
Take a virtual tour of the White House.
You might not be able to travel to our nation's capital this year, but you can still tour it. Head to Google Arts & Culture for a virtual tour of the historic home, complete with facts about its architecture and important events that took place in each room.
Listen to veterans' stories.
Even if you don't know a veteran personally, listen to a range of stories from active military members and veterans through Storycorps oral history. Or if you'd rather read your way through history, choose from top military memoirs like Band of Brothers, Guts 'n Gunships, or The Things They Cannot Say.
Craft your own Memorial Day poppy.
Come Memorial Day, red poppies are worn as a sign of remembrance. In fact, the Friday before Memorial Day is considered National Poppy Day. While you can buy poppy pins at the store, you can also make your own with tissue paper by following this seriously simple step-by-step tutorial. Poppy pin.
Brush up on American history.
If there was a time to do it, it's now. Before diving into your family's Memorial Day activities, teach your kids (and refresh your own memory!) about the reason we celebrate Memorial Day and how it differs from Veteran's Day.
Create Patriotic Chalk Art
Get all the kids involved to create a patriotic-theme mural, or even just write out a simple thank you to our veterans, using side walk chalk.
Fly a flag.
Show your love for America by hanging Old Glory in your front yard. But before you get ahead of yourself, make sure you're following the proper etiquette and guidelines in the U.S. Flag Code established by Congress in 1942. The Proper Etiquette for Flying the American Flag, Including on Memorial Day
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