Veterans Day, November 11, is a great opportunity to teach younger generations about the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. To help parents and educators make the most of this opportunity, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a 34-page teacher resource guide with suggested activities for students of all ages. The guide is available to download from the Veterans Day Web site www.va.gov/vetsday.
The guide includes:
Â· Suggested activities for Veterans Day such as writing letters to hospitalized veterans or an essay on what it means to be a veteran.
Â· Information on how to contact veterans service organizations and staff at VA medical centers, benefits offices, and National Cemeteries
Â· Information for older children including handouts on the origins of Veterans Day, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, statistics on Americaâ€™s wars, and scholarships.
Â· Subjects for younger children such as a Veterans Day play, word scramble, and pages for coloring.
The Veterans Day Web site also offers print-quality downloads of the 2006 Veterans Day poster, information on Veterans Day regional site observances, and other information. Americaâ€™s veterans have shaped our history. On Veterans Day, we pay tribute to their courage, commitment and sacrifice.