Veterans Day HistoryVeterans 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 DayVeterans 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 ToWith 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.