Veterans Day is observed on 11 November in the United States to commemorate the end of hostilities in World War I. On that date in 1918, the armistice – a historical document which led to the end of the war – was signed between Germany and the Entente (the alliance between Britain, France and Russia, and their respective allies).
In 2018, we commemorate the centenary of the signing of the armistice. For this reason, Veterans Day 2018 is a particularly significant occasion.
Although Veterans Day this year falls on a Sunday, we’re certain that you’ll be looking for teaching resources to support your lessons and help your students to learn about this important part of modern history.
At 11am, stop for one minute and give thanks to all those who sacrificed their todays for our tomorrows.
A History of Veterans Day for Kids
This great video summarizes the reasons for observing Veterans Day, and distinguishes it from Memorial Day. It also includes a history of how this commemoration has evolved through time for your students.
Our Remembrance Day Poppy Template is a versatile, free resource which you can use a number of ways in your classroom to help your students remember and honor the men and women who have served in our armed forces.
Veterans Day Wreath
If your school is holding a ceremony prior to Veterans Day itself, representatives from your class may be asked to present a wreath. This simple wreath is made from green hand cut-outs (symbolizing leaves) and paper poppies made from our Remembrance Day Poppy Template (Free).
Another way of using our Remembrance Day Poppy Template (Free) is to have students contribute messages of appreciation for service-people and place them into a collective bouquet of poppies. This activity helps children to make personal connections to the past, and express their gratitude to those who have bravely served our country.
Veterans Day Mason Jar Lantern
After reading and analyzing Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields, older students may wish to make a mason jar lantern to light on Veterans Day.
“In Flanders Fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row,”
Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, 1915.
Free Downloadable Veterans Day Teaching Resources
In some parts of the world, Veterans Day has other names, such as Remembrance Day and Armisice Day. These FREE teaching resources are available for you to download and use with your students:
Veterans Day Poppy Art
After reflecting on the importance and reverence of Veterans Day, your students will love creating their own special artwork. As Veterans Day does fall on a weekend this year, having something special to show their families will open up a dialogue about your students’ knowledge and understanding of this important commemoration.
Find all of the above resources, templates and more classroom resources in our Remembrance Day Resource Collection.