Make Memorial Day meaningful for kids

The true meaning of Memorial Day often gets lost behind three day weekends, barbecues and blockbuster movies. But there are some easy ways to teach your kids about the people who sacrifice to keep our nation free.

Young kids learn by doing so start with the patriotic crafts such as coloring in a picture of an American flag. While being creative you can explain why we honor our service people.

You can also get more personal by visiting a Veterans Hospital and bringing cookies to let the retired vets know that they have not been forgotten.

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Top Memorial Day destinations in 2017, according to priceline.com

Orlando, FL

Booking data from priceline.com

  • Lowest fare can be found on both the app and desktop for $60 for a 3.5-star hotel using Express Deals
  • Roundtrip airfare from these origin cities:
    • New York - $275
    • Los Angeles - $341
    • Chicago - $251
    • Philadelphia - $297
    • Dallas-Fort Worth -  $336

Denver, CO

Booking data from priceline.com

  • Lowest fare can be found on both the app and desktop for $94 for a 4-star hotel using Express Deals
  • Roundtrip airfare from these origin cities:
    • New York - $483
    • Los Angeles - $205
    • Chicago - $441
    • Philadelphia - $396
    • Dallas-Fort Worth - $335

New Orleans, LA

Booking data from priceline.com

  • Lowest fare can be found on both the app and desktop for $116 for a 3.5-star hotel using Express Deals
  • Roundtrip airfare from these origin cities:
    • New York - $441
    • Los Angeles - $438
    • Chicago - $295
    • Philadelphia - $445
    • Dallas-Fort Worth - $227

Memphis, TN

Booking data from priceline.com

  • Lowest fare can be found on both the app and desktop for $90 for a 2.5-star hotel using Express Deals
  • Roundtrip airfare from these origin cities:
    • New York - $448
    • Los Angeles - $492
    • Chicago - $296
    • Philadelphia - $356
    • Dallas-Fort Worth - $230

Cincinnati, OH

Booking data from priceline.com

  • Lowest fare can be found via the app for a 3.5-star hotel at $64 per night via Express Deals compared to the $82 average daily rate available
  • Roundtrip airfare from these origin cities:
    • New York - $335
    • Los Angeles - $476
    • Chicago - $118
    • Philadelphia - $314
    • Dallas-Fort Worth - $297

Pittsburgh, PA

Booking data from priceline.com

  • Lowest fare can be found via the app for $72 per night for a 3.5-star hotel using Express Deals (lowest deal on desktop $85 for 3.5-star hotel)
  • Roundtrip airfare from these origin cities:
    • New York - $350
    • Los Angeles - $596
    • Chicago - $282
    • San Francisco - $439
    • Dallas-Fort Worth - $258

Myrtle Beach, SC

Booking data from priceline.com

  • Average daily rate is $103 per night
  • Roundtrip airfare from these origin cities:
    • New York - $317
    • Los Angeles - $749
    • Chicago - $463
    • Philadelphia - $318
    • Dallas-Fort Worth - $425

Tampa, FL

Booking data from priceline.com

  • Lowest fare can be found on both the app and desktop for $74 for a 4-star hotel using Express Deals
  • Roundtrip airfare from these origin cities:
    • New York - $362
    • Los Angeles - $488
    • Chicago - $289
    • Philadelphia - $361
    • Dallas-Fort Worth - $344

Jacksonville, FL

Booking data from priceline.com

  • Lowest fare can be found on both the app and desktop for $67 for a 3.5-star hotel using Express Deals
  • Roundtrip airfare from these origin cities:
    • New York - $333
    • Los Angeles - $690
    • Chicago - $392
    • Philadelphia - $393
    • Dallas-Fort Worth - $402

Cancun, Mexico

Booking data from priceline.com

  • Lowest fare can be found via the app for $91 per night for a 4-star hotel using Express Deals (lowest deal on desktop $131 for 4-star hotel)
  • Roundtrip airfare from these origin cities:
    • New York - $467
    • Los Angeles - $601
    • Chicago - $517
    • Philadelphia - $575
    • Dallas-Fort Worth - $442
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If a trip to a Civil War battlefield is possible, plan an educational visit. Take a map and show your kids locations were soldiers fought on our own soil.

Many communities have some sort of war memorial to visit. If your children are at an appropriate age, take them to decorate the graves of service people at a local cemetery. There's nothing like a sense of family pride when putting together a family tree and highlighting relatives who served in the armed forces.

Once kids learn the history of Memorial Day, remind them that there are still American soldiers stationed around the world. They can even write letters and draw pictures thanking those current soldiers for their continued service.

Memorial day will be so much better when kids realize that their barbecue meal tastes like sweet freedom.

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