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Celebrate Veterans Day

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Today we salute the courageous men and women who've served our nation. Here's how to celebrate Veterans Day with your family:

Wave the flag.

Attend a local parade. The cars, soldiers, and booming drums will put everyone in a patriotic mood.

Get crafty.

Create a Veterans Day wreath. Help your child trace his hands on red, white, and blue construction paper, so he ends up with a few of each color. Cut out and paste or tape the alternating colors in a circle to form the wreath.

Learn some history.

For younger kids, try reading The Veterans Day Visitor, by Peter Catalanotto and Pamela Schembri, about a grandfather's visit to a second-grade class. Tweens might enjoy Remembrance: A Tribute to America's Veterans, by Robert B. Fletcher; it's filled with water-colors and pencil drawings that depict scenes of our country's conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to today's Afghanistan.

-By Jennifer Kelly Geddes, from the November issue of Parenting