I don't really recall anyone taking time to explain veteran's day to me as a child. Someone must have somewhere a long the line, because it's really important to me. I don't have any immediate family in the military, which makes it harder to give a personal "thank you" to all of our men and women in uniform.
I wanted to make sure that my kids knew what Veteran's Day was and how to commemorate it. So for our history club today we spent most of our time talking about this important holiday.
We began by reading two books:
The second book was used mostly to illustrate and explain the Tomb of the Unknowns and how it plays a part in Veteran Day observances.
The kids had very little knowledge of these things, so I was happy to share this information.
We also discussed the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran's Day. This is a great website to help explain the differences and the history of Veteran's Day.
We did talk a little bit about some of the kids' relatives that had served in the military. This helped bring Veteran's Day a little closer to home. But I wanted them to hear from a living Veteran. So I used Facebook to contact a high school friend of mine that I new had been serving in the Navy for many years. I asked him to message me about his experiences serving there and how he felt about Veteran's Day.
It was great to read his words to the kids and get their reactions. We wanted to show our appreciation to him and all our service people. So we made a banner (also a suggested activity in one of the books we read earlier) with a message of thanks.
We posted this on his Facebook page thanking him for his time spent teaching us about Veteran's Day and for his service to our nation. He wrote back a fun message to the kids as well.
But since we had the actual poster in our hands, we decided to take it over to the neighbor's house. They are both Air force veterans and we wanted to show our thanks to them also. Luckily the wife was home! We also presented her with some cake that we had made from another part of our history lesson.
She was pleased and surprised by our visit, I think. :)
Doing all of these things helped us earn our Veterans Badge for Frontier Girls/Quest Boys. bonus.