Memorial Day

Memorial Day

May 30, 2017

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.

Memorial Day Weekend

Saturday, May 28 to Monday, May 30,

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.

Admission will be Free on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.  The National Constitution Center’s Memorial Day was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.  

Flag Ceremonies
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.
Monday, 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m., and 4:45 p.m.

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 30, 2016, 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.  
Family Concert featuring the Air National Guard Band
Monday, 1 p.m.
Visitors can enjoy a concert featuring their favorite patriotic tunes, performed by the Air National Guard Band.  The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast is assigned to the dual missions of supporting regional Air National Guard units through performances in ceremonies, activities and recruiting tours; and public relations concert tours for the Air National Guard and the "Total Air Force".

Military Muster
Monday, 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Do you hear the drum beating? The Continental Army is recruiting a few good kids for drills in the art of marching and musket etiquette

A Soldiers Life
Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m.
Monday, 11 a.m.

Join a Revolutionary-Era Soldier as he discusses the daily lifestyle of a typical infantryman in the American Continental Army during the American Revolution. Visitors will have the opportunity to be fitted up with equipment and gear along with the proper training of the day. Highly energized and interactive, this program is perfect for families!

American Flag Etiquette Workshop and Giant Flag Folding
Daily, 12:30 p.m.
Learn fun facts about the American flag’s history, as well as proper flag etiquette.  Then help out members of the museum’s staff as we fold our 20X30 foot American flag.  Remember—you can’t let it touch the ground!  

Memorials: How a Nation Remembers Show
Saturday and Monday, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30
Sunday, 1:30 p.m.

This special program illuminates the history of our nation’s famous memorials and how they contribute to popular memory.

The Star-Spangled Banner: A History of Our National Anthem Show
Daily, 2 p.m.
Learn the story of Francis Scott Key, the Battle of Fort McHenry, and the flag that inspired our national anthem.

Make-and-Take Projects
Daily, Available Throughout the Day
At patriotic craft stations, children and their families can make Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty hats; star wands and wreaths; and crepe paper flags.

Eighteenth Century Games
Daily, Available Throughout the Day
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
Daily, Available Throughout the Day
Visitors can 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


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