Memorial Day

Memorial Day

May 23 – 25, 2016

Do-Now Discussion

There a many different ways to remember those who served and died for our country. Design a memorial to commemorate the soldiers who have fallen in the Middle East conflict.

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At the Museum

Memorial Day Weekend

Admission will be Free on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.  The National Constitution Center’s Memorial Day was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.  

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Originally known as Decoration Day, an occasion to honor soldiers who gave their lives during the American Civil War, the Memorial Day civic holiday now honors all members of the military who have given their lives in defense of the Constitution and its legacy of freedom. During Memorial Day Weekend, the National Constitution Center will pay tribute to those brave men and women by exploring how Americans today honor our military heroes.

Flag Ceremonies
Front Lawn
The American flag will be raised every morning and lowered every evening on the museum’s front lawn. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate as they learn more about this patriotic ceremony.
On Memorial Day Monday, May 25, 2015, visitors can also join us for a special ceremony at 12 p.m. as we raise the flag from half to full staff, in accordance with U.S. tradition.  
 
Memorials: How a Nation Remembers Show
Main Exhibition
This special program illuminates the history of our nation’s famous memorials and how they contribute to popular memory.

Founding Fathers, Founding Documents Tour
This May 25 marks the 228th anniversary of the start of the Constitutional Convention.  To commemorate this historic occasion, all weekend long the museum will offer tours of our popular exhibition Signers Hall.  Learn about the men who were at the convention, and summer they spent creating our Constitution.   
 
The Star-Spangled Banner: A History of Our National Anthem Show
Learn the story of Francis Scott Key, the Battle of Fort McHenry, and the flag that inspired our national anthem.

Flag Etiquette Workshop
In this workshop, visitors will discover the history and symbolism of the American flag and learn all about the proper way to treat it.

Giant Flag Folding
Families can participate as members of the museum’s staff fold our 20X30 foot American flag!

Family Fun Activities
•    Make-and-Take Projects
At patriotic craft stations, children and their families can make Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty, and George Washington hats; star wands and wreaths; and crepe paper flags.

•    Eighteenth Century Games
Try your hand at Hoop-and-Stick, Graces, Nine Pin, and other popular games played by children during the Revolutionary period on the museum’s front lawn.

•    Thank-A-Vet Postcards
Take a moment to write letters of gratitude to the men and women who have served in the country’s Armed Forces.

In the Classroom

Honor those who gave their lives in service to the U.S. Constitution with a variety of Memorial Day resources for the classroom.

Lesson Plans

Activities