Veterans Day

2017-11-09

Veterans Day commemorates the sacrifices of our nation's veterans and is held on November 11th, the anniversary of the armistice which ended World War I. It is a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Learning opportunity

Use this learning opportunity to explore history, civics, reading and writing, 21st century content and more. Here are a few simple ways to incorporate Veterans Day into the classroom. You can also use the resources in afterschool programs or at home.

 
History
When was Veterans Day established and why? Use primary sources from the Library of Congress to learn.
 
Global connections
Do other countries honor their veterans? How?
 
Language Arts
Interview a veteran. Write a story about or a letter to a veteran. Write a newspaper article or editorial about veterans. Read and summarize the Presidential Proclamation, or write your own.
 

Government
Read about Mecklenburg County services for veterans. Google "Mecklenburg" "veterans" and "budget" to read about funding challenges, policies and decisions in recent years. See what the federal Veterans Administration  and the North Carolina Veterans Affairs office do.

If you were in public office, how would you honor and support veterans? Would it be through services? funding? special events?

Civic Leadership

If you were a community leader, what would you do to support veterans? Did you know that a large number of veterans live in, or are moving into, the Charlotte area? See what civic leaders are doing to help returning veterans with education, healthcare and employment. Read a study about veterans and Charlotte.

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