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Celebrate Memorial Day with the family

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Memorial Day family fun

The last Monday of May is a time to remember and honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Make Memorial Day extra special by celebrating it as a family.

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Honor our national tradition

Memorial Day is not just a day off from work and school. The national holiday was established as a day of remembrance for those who gave their lives to serve our country. Talk to your children about the importance of this day, and make it an annual tradition to visit nearby cemeteries and take in an official Memorial Day service in honor of fallen soldiers.

Spend Memorial Day close to home

The last long weekend of the school year is a great time to kick back with the family. Avoid holiday traffic and travel headaches by planning the perfect three-day staycation for Memorial Day. Enjoy some backyard activities, do some volunteering and make an effort to show appreciation for the sacrifices made by our veterans and their loved ones.

Plan the perfect little road trip

If your family prefers traveling on long weekends, then be sure to make the most of it. You'll have plenty of good company — 90 percent of the 35 million Americans traveling for Memorial Day will be sharing the road with you.

Keep your road trip simple. Select a not-too-distant destination that won't leave you spending the bulk of your three days off in the car, pack early and bring along fun and entertaining ideas to keep your little travelers occupied.

Get your Memorial Day craft on

Display your family's patriotism with easy and inexpensive kid-friendly crafts. Make an American flag from a variety of media — red, white and blue fabrics, painted craft sticks, construction paper chain links or even a child's precious little handprint. For added fun, try a fun Memorial Day-themed printable.

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