Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. It originated in 1919 when U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day. In 1925 President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed it a national holiday and congress approved it. But it wasn't until a shoe repair store owner in Kansas began campaigning for a day to honor all veterans that the day officially became Veterans Day. A bill for the holiday was pushed through Congress and President Dwight Eisenhower signed it into law on May 26, 1954.
Educational Tools and Resources to Engage Young Minds
Today there are more than 23 million veterans and many school children have family serving in the military. They may have also lost a loved one to service. Teaching the significance of this holiday can be a difficult one however, it's important for children to begin to appreciate the history and the sacrifices citizens have made throughout the years.
As a teacher, your job is a difficult one as there is often a fine balance to be found when discussing war and remembrance. Veterans Day lesson plans, worksheets and pre-planned activities can help you communicate this difficult subject in a clear and easy to understand manner. At TeacherPlanet.com we've collected useful resources and tools for you to use in your classroom. Use them to help your students remember and understand Veteran's Day.