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Patriot Day is all about honoring the fallen first responders of 9/11 and the loved ones they left behind. While you may remember September 11th, 2001 like it was yesterday, our country’s young ones may not understand the significance of the day. You can teach your kids about the importance of Patriot Day in various ways, both in your community and in your home. Not sure where to start? Keep reading!

Hang up an American flag.

This is a simple way to show your support. Displaying an American flag proudly outside your house can serve as a reminder for others, and even allow passersby to have a moment of reflection about the meaning behind Patriot Day. You can even put a flag on your car or motorcycle – just remember to mind these simple etiquette rules.

Hold a moment of silence with your family.

Tell your kids what your experience was like on 9/11, and remind them about the bravery and ultimate sacrifices of the first responders. Start a dialogue with your family and answer any questions they might have. Afterwards, hold a moment of silence (or say a prayer) to honor the heroes who lost their lives.

Attend a memorial service.

Even if you are miles away from New York or Washington D.C., you can likely find a memorial in your area. Do an Internet search to find the memorial closest to you and bring the whole family. Not only is this a perfect way to honor 9/11, it also serves as a reminder of the importance of community.

Donate to a charity that helps the families of 9/11 heroes.

One way to honor Patriot Day is by helping the people who were left behind after the September 11th attacks. Organizations like Tuesday’s Children and the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund raise money to help families who lost their loved ones. Ask your kids to give up their weekly allowance or do a few extra chores to raise donation money, and explain to them where that money is going!

Show gratitude toward your local service men and women.

The police officers and firefighters who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks were indescribably courageous. The men and women that devote their lives to these professions deserve our gratitude, and you can personally thank the ones in your community. Write thank you letters, make meals, or create a few gift baskets to send to your local heroes in memory of the victims of 9/11.

Sign up for the National Day of Service.

September 11th has been named the National Day of Service. It’s a day when people all across the country volunteer their time, energy, and resources to make a difference in their communities. Find a local opportunity for your family to give back in honor of the lives lost.

Families all over this country were forever changed after the attacks on September 11th, 2001, and that’s why honoring these victims with your own family is so important. Share your ideas for honoring the fallen in a comment below, or post them to our Twitter of Facebook pages to share your ideas with others. Then, get out and get going!

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