In 1918, at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, fighting ceased in World War I. Formerly known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day (November 11) is a day to honor veterans living and dead who have given so much to protect our country. And, in case you were wondering, Veterans Day is spelled without an apostrophe because the day doesn't belong to veterans, it is a celebration of them.
Created by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Celebrating America's Freedoms is a collection of articles about many of America's customs and national symbols. Topics include the history of Taps, the Pledge of Allegiance, The Star Spangled Banner, American flag etiquette and more. For Veterans Day, visit The Origins of Veterans Day and Activities for Veterans Day. Each article is available as an individual PDF, or download the entire collection as one fifty-two page PDF. Look for this link at the bottom of the table of contents.
For Veterans Day, Flag Day, and the Fourth of July, Enchanted Learning offers a couple of dozen patriotic crafts for preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary ages. All can be made with common craft supplies, such as paper, scissors, glue, string, pencils and popsicle sticks. Projects that caught my eye include: a three-dimensional freestanding star, a star pinwheel, a patriotic pebble with a flag painted on it, and a flag from craft sticks. If you're looking ahead on the calendar, there's a link to Christmas Crafts from the standalone star page.
"The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war." The project includes stories told through correspondence, personal narrative and photos or drawings. It covers six wars, starting with World War I (1914-1920) and including the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts that begin in 2001.
Woo hoo! The Department of Veterans Affairs brings us three websites: one for grades K- 5; another for grades 6-12, and a third for teachers. Highlights are games, age-appropriate articles, and links to external resources. Best click for teachers is the forty-two page Teachers Guide which include printable handouts for grades K-12.
"In war, there are no unwounded soldiers. ~ José Narosky" "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy" Although there are other sites that have more quotes, picked this one because this batch of quotes focuses on honoring our veterans. For related quotes, click on USA Patriotic, Armed Forces Day or Memorial Day.