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Over Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum pays tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in service to their country during the Revolutionary War and celebrates the freedoms they fought to secure for future generations. 

In 1825, the Marquis de Lafayette attended a special ceremony and laid the corner stone for the Bunker Hill Monument in Boston, memorializing the first large battle of the Revolutionary War. At that ceremony, surviving veterans each received commemorative ribbons, a testament to their service fifty years before. Though many of these ribbons have been lost to time, the Museum owns three that belonged to one Revolutionary War veteran, a man named Solomon Smith of Acton, Massachusetts.

Craft Your Own Commemorative Ribbon

Materials Needed:

  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers, colored pencils, or crayons
  • PDF Printout


  1. Print the worksheet.
  2. Cut out the ribbon.
  3. Cut out the decoration templates and glue them to your ribbon.
  4. Color the ribbon to make it your own!

Download the printable PDF instructions and template to create your own ribbon commemorating members of our armed forces who have served the cause of liberty from the Revolutionary War until today.

This craft was originally released for Memorial Day Weekend with the Museum, sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, which included a video presentation from Associate Curator Matthew Skic about memorialization in the Museum’s galleries, an illustrated blog post exploring the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier at Independence National Historical Park's Washington Square, and a coloring page from the Museum with a special message of gratitude for service members.

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