Veterans' Day

unknown-soldier.jpgMany businesses and school districts were closed on November 11, Veterans’ Day in the USA.  Do students today know the history of Veterans’ Day?  Probably not.  Below is an excerpt from the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

Discovery Education has resources to personalize war through the stories of six soldiers from WWII and the Korean War who never came home.  Consider showing your students the video “The Unknown Soldier.” 

The Unknown Soldier (School Version). Aims Multimedia. 1985.
Discovery Education. 12 November 2008
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