It’s true -Memorial Day celebrations this year will look a little different under the current COVID-19 circumstances. However, even though many of us look forward to the epic sales, backyard barbecues, parades and other celebrations, it will be a nice change in pace to celebrate the holiday a little different this year.

Every year 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 and our handy list below, it’s easy to include this meaning in your holiday – and best yet, family members of all ages can have fun doing it!

Here are the top 10 Memorial Day Activities honoring the true holiday meaning:

  1. Take a Virtual Tour of our White House: You might not be able to travel to our nation’s capital this year, but you can still tour it. Google Arts & Culture is offering a virtual tour of the historic home, inclusive of architectural facts and important events.
  2. Memorial Day poppy craft: Red poppies are worn as a sign of remembrance. Here is a simple step-by-step guide to making your own from things around the house!
  3. Write letters to soldiers and their families: Handwritten letters can be so impactful, especially when the recipient is not expecting it. Once your letters are complete, bring them to one of these A Million Thanks drop-off locations to guarantee a safe, speedy arrival.
  4. Do some 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.
  5. Create care packages for the soldiers:  Anything from delicious snacks to toiletries for soldiers is welcomed. Operation Gratitude has a list of ideas you can check out all year round!
  6. Relax and watch the Memorial Day Concert: Each year, PBS hosts a star-studded concert on the Sunday before Memorial Day. This year’s concert, which airs on Sunday, May 24 at 8 p.m., features Trace Adkins, the National Symphony Orchestra, CeCe Winans, and more.
  7. Fly a flag: Show your love for America by hanging a flag in your front yard or drawing a flag to hang in your window!
  8. Watch a patriotic movie: To better understand the sacrifices that these brave men and women continue to make, consider watching an action-packed yet heartbreaking movie like Black Hawk Down or The Hurt Locker.
  9. DIY red, white and blue décor: Get your kids involved in any of these easy-to-DIY decorations, and then remember to hold onto them for your Fourth of July festivities.
  10. Donate/Bring flowers to a soldier’s grave: You can either visit a cemetery yourself or consider a donation to Memorial Day Flowers, a national foundation that places a flower on the graves of soldiers. A small donation of $5, for example, honors five soldiers with a red rose in front of their headstone.