.The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia is a wonderful place to visit any day of the year, but Memorial Day is a particularly special time. The main exhibit for this Memorial Day is “Memorials: How a Nation Remembers.” The exhibit honors the men and women who have given their lives in defense of our country and explains the importance of memorials and how we honor America’s military heroes.
On Monday, May 25, special ceremonies honoring military heroes will start with the morning flag being raised to half-mast. The flag then will be raised from half-mast to full staff at noon in keeping with military tradition.
You can visit the center and watch the traditional flag raising every morning and the lowering in the evening on the front lawn. You can learn about flag etiquette and participate with staff members in folding the flag in the evening.
This is also the occasion to fill out a Thank-a-Vet postcard to honor the men and women who defend our country.
The National Constitution Center has a flag etiquette workshop and a display explaining the history of the National Anthem and the flag that was inspiration at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.
May 25 marks the 228th anniversary of the first constitutional convention that produced the preamble, articles establishing the branches of government, and the Bill of Rights. Tours of the Signers Hall exhibition will be offered throughout the week. The Founding Fathers, Founding Documents Tour is an excellent opportunity for families with students studying US history to learn about James Madison and the other men who spent the summer of 1787 in Philadelphia creating the constitution that guarantees our freedom.
The National Constitution Center is an interactive museum for people of all ages. Various exhibits explain the history and the current importance of the Constitution and its amendments. You can learn how an amendment becomes part of the document, and you can examine current issues relating to the Constitution.
Put on a black robe and sit in a mock trial of the US Supreme Court, where you can rule on an historic case. After you’ve made your decision, you can see how the nine justices of the court voted at the time the case was decided.
Family activities give children a chance to make crepe paper flags, wreaths, and George Washington, Uncle Sam, and Lady Liberty hats. They can also learn how to play popular 18th-century games including, rolling a hoop on the museum’s lawn. Graces and Nine Pin were other children’s games in the 1700s.
The National Constitution Center is also a town hall where various issues are discussed and debated. For example, a discussion on “Privacy in the Modern Age: A Search for Solutions”will be presented on Tuesday, May 26, and a presentation on the “Beginning of the Bill of Rights”will be offered on Wednesday, May 27.
Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell are in the same area as the National Constitution Center, so the area can be visited in a day or a weekend.
The National Constitution Center is located at 525 Arch Street in Philadelphia. The hours are 9:30 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday, and noon to 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is free on Memorial Day, and ticket prices vary depending on the events, with group rates available.