Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. Formerly known as Armistice Day, it was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday through the Act of 1938 to honor the end of World War I.
In 1954, having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Whether you are planning a long thematic study around Veterans Day or simply want some ‘fun’ pages to incorporate into your lesson plans, here is a Veterans Day thematic unit available to download.
Preview the Veterans Day Unit
Within the unit, you will find the history of Veterans Day, a vocabulary list and related vocabulary cards, pages appropriate for all levels of report writing, a timeline template, mazes, word searches, crafts and more.
Suggested Veterans Day books:
- Veterans Day (Rookie Read-About Holidays)by Jacqueline S. Cotton
Explains the history of Veterans Day and why it is observed, and suggests ways of honoring veterans on this special day, such as flying the flag, attending parades, buying poppies, and visiting hospitals.
- Veterans Day (On My Own, Holidays)by Marlene Tarq Brill
Grade 2-5–Both of these books are clear and concise, but do not oversimplify the two holidays. Brill explains how Veterans Day evolved from Armistice Day and how veterans are honored in the United States. A time line is provided, as is a list of suggestions on how to celebrate the holiday.
- Veterans Day (Holidays and Festivals)by Rebecca Rissman
This book introduces readers to what it means to celebrate Veterans Day, and shows them why this holiday is so special.
- Veterans Day: Remembering Our War Heroesby Elaine Landau
Ages 9 – 12
- The Wall (Reading Rainbow Books)by Eve Bunting
A boy travels to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with his father to seek out his grandfather’s name. The well-matched text and illustrations are soft but stirring. Ages 4-8.
- H Is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet (Alphabet Books) by Devin Scillian
Written by the son of a career officer, this book explores the branches of the Armed Services and speaks from the heart about the honor, privileges and sacrifices of military families everywhere.
- My Dad’s a Heroby Rebecca Christiansen
A children s book with war as a backdrop is not an easy subject to pull off. But the creators of Is Your Dad a Hero have found just the right approach. The reader they address is any child whose father is serving in the military, far away from home. These are children who miss their dads, worry about them, and have lots of conflicting emotions and unanswered questions. The authors know this is a tender subject for young readers and have kept the book uplifting and free from scary words like guns, war and fighting.
An additional suggestion for High School students:
- Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan: Battlefields & Blessings by By: Jane Hampton Cook, John Croushorn, Jocelyn Green
Battlefields & Blessingsis a 365 day collection of inspiring stories of courage perseverance and faith based on first hand accounts of more than seventy who have served in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through multiple, never-before-told stories, you’ll uncover the personal challenges of the battlefield and hear the experiences and perspectives of deployed soldiers, chaplains, military wives, parents, organizers of humanitarian escorts, and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
This Veterans Day thematic unit is a 45 page download. To preview, click here! Ready to download? Go to: Available downloads. (You’ll find it under the Holiday and Seasonal Related category.)
Celebrating Veterans Day in Denver
2011 Veteran’s Day Parade – Denver will celebrate Veteran’s Day 2011 by commemorating the contributions of all veterans while serving our country during the Veteran’s Day Parade on Saturday, November 5 at 10 a.m. The Parade is followed by the Veterans Memorial Day Tribute at the Veterans Monument. The Parade is sponsored by the Denver United Veterans and will be at:
Civic Center Park
100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy in Denver
Civic Center Park Venue Phone: 720-913-0633
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