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Veterans Day 2023 Teaching Resources

Honor Veterans Day 2023 in your classroom with Veterans Day activities for preschool and elementary-level students, craft activities, worksheets, printables, and more resources to add to your lesson plans. Download printable Veterans Day books, vocabulary word walls, cut and paste activities, and reading passages to help your students learn why we observe Veterans Day in the United States. You'll also find card-writing templates to send to veterans from your class. This collection of curriculum-aligned teaching resources was created by elementary school teachers just like you who know what you need most when planning for Veterans Day observances at school.

What Is Veterans Day?

This federal holiday recognizes the Armistice of November 11, 1918, the formal agreement that marked the official end of World War I. The annual holiday honors veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces as well as those who are currently serving in the US military. It's set aside as a chance for every American to recognize and thank them.

When Is Veterans Day 2023?

We get it — the calendar is chock full of things you must keep track of, and this November holiday is never the same day of the week! Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11 every year in the US, which means it will be marked on a Saturday in 2023 — just four days after Election Day. Schools will be closed on the Friday before the official holiday, November 10, 2023.

Why Is it Important for Students to Learn About Veterans Day?

Want to make sure students know Veterans Day isn't just another opportunity to get out of school for the day? It's important for students to learn that Veterans Day is the one day that we set aside here in the US to honor all the members of our armed services and to understand the value of these community members. Unlike Memorial Day, which is dedicated to those military members who have died, Veterans Day is dedicated to all those who have served. That may mean people in your family, it may even mean you. And it almost definitely means people in your students' families. Classroom lessons on this holiday can help young kids understand the sacrifices made by veterans to protect our country and maintain our freedom, as well as provide an opportunity to teach students about the history of military conflicts and the role of veterans in shaping our nation's history. It's also a day that's absolutely full of important history lessons for kids — like learning about its origin — and offers up lessons on gratitude and even letter writing as teachers assign students projects that involve writing thank you cards for veterans.
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