Teaching About Veterans Day

Veterans Day is on November 11th every year, regardless of which day of the week it falls on. This holiday is a great opportunity to discuss all the branches of the military with your students, as well as the duties and sacrifices of our veterans.

Veterans Day History

Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day to signify the first anniversary of the end of World War I. It wasn’t until 1926 that we began observing the holiday annually, but even then, it was not considered a national holiday. In 1938, President Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation”. Finally, in 1954, the name of the holiday was officially changed to Veterans Day.

Veterans Day v. Memorial Day

Veterans Day honors all veterans – living or dead – who have served our country during war or peacetime. Many people confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day. The major difference is that Memorial Day specifically honors men and women who have died in service to our country.

Veterans Your Students Can Relate To

With over 10 million veterans, it is likely that your students either have a family member or know someone that is a veteran. This provides a great opportunity for students to make self to text connections and share their experiences

Unfortunately, there aren’t many videos appropriate for early elementary on this topic. If you don’t have the time to order or track down these books, both Creation Castle and Resource Ranch offer printable readers within their Veterans Day resources. You can also download this free Veterans Day printable.

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