Celebrate Memorial Day With Buddy Bison

The Memorial Day holiday marks the beginning of warmer weather, outdoor adventures, and the approach of summer days. More importantly it is a day of remembrance and occurs during National Military Appreciation Month. This is a time when we reflect on the things that we value about our country and pay tribute to those who protect it every day.

Celebrate Memorial Day with our mascot Buddy Bison by writing a patriotic poem and learning about how Civil War soldiers communicated while on the battlefield.

Memorial Day is a time of remembrance for those who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Many national park sites were established to preserve these stories and the sacrifices made by service members throughout our nation’s history.

Create a shape poem about the United States and reflect on what makes you proud of our country.  Is it the diversity of your community or the beauty of our national parks? Grab a pencil, let the creativity begin, and share your poem with a loved one.

Without modern technology, Civil War soldiers had to find creative ways to communicate in secret. Learn about signal flags with Buddy Bison and discover how soldiers who fought in the Battle of Antietam (which took place in Maryland) used flags, codes, and ciphers to send and encrypt messages. Then create your own flag, establish a secret code, and send coded messages to your friends and family.