Some holidays get all the attention. Most kids will jump into a Christmas or Halloween activity with unbridled enthusiasm, but getting them to engage with other holidays may prove challenging.
Veterans Day is just around the corner, and as we honor the brave men and women who have served in our armed forces remember that you can make learning about Veterans Day as fun and exciting for your young students as any other holiday.
Here are some easily digestible Veterans Day facts for kids that will help you impart the importance of this holiday during your lesson plan.
- Veteran’s Day is always celebrated on November 11th, regardless of the day of the week. Why? Because November 11th marks the anniversary of the end of World War I. The fighting officially ended on November 11th, 1918. One year later, in 1919, we celebrated the anniversary of the war ending.
- In 1919 the holiday was not called Veteran’s Day but was called “Armistice Day,” since it was established as a celebration of the ceasefire.
- In 1926 Congress passed a resolution that November 11th would be an annual observance. It was not made an official national holiday until 1938.
- The holiday was officially renamed Veterans Day by President D. Eisenhower in 1954 to change the focus of the holiday to honor veterans of all American wars.
- Veterans Day is often confused with Memorial Day. Explain the difference to your students this way: Memorial Day is observed to honor those who have died serving in the military, while Veterans Day includes and focuses on veterans who are still alive today.
- There are more than 20 million veterans living in the United States.
- More than 8% of our country’s veterans are women.
- There is no apostrophe in Veterans Day. However, many people incorrectly spell the holiday as “Veteran’s Day” or “Veterans Day.”
- On November 11, 1921, an unidentified soldier who died during World War I was buried in Arlington National Ceremony outside of Washington, D.C. Since then, two more unidentified soldiers from other wars have been buried in what is known as the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.”
- Each year a wreath-laying ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The current president or a government official of high rank lays the wreath to honor our veterans.
- Famous World War II general George Patton was born on November 11th.
- On Veterans Day parades and other events are held throughout the nation. At sporting events and church services veterans are often asked to stand so they can be recognized for their service to the United States.
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