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					Ideas and Resources for the
Observance of Veterans’ Day
RCW 28A.230.160
”…there shall be presented in each common school
educational activities suitable to the observance of
Veterans’ Day…such programs shall embrace
topics tending to instill a loyalty and devotion to the
institutions and laws of this state and nation.”

”Anytime we ask students to buy into a concept or
virtue, we can’t ask them to do it blindly.”
             Jim Ayers, Vietnam veteran and retired school principal

  Supporting Troops in the U.S.                       to petition the Government for a redress of
  Armed Forces                                        grievances.” Exploring the perspectives of former
                                                      soldiers actively engaged in ending war is a way
                                                      of highlighting a principle granted in the Bill of
  Operation USO Care Package
                                                      Rights and honoring their opinions.
  Created in 2003, the Operation USO Care
                                                      http://ivaw.org/
  Package program provides care packages to
  deployed service members serving in
                                                      The Hugs Project The Hugs Project started
  Afghanistan, Iraq and other overseas locations.
                                                      in May 2004 in Oklahoma by Ray and Karen
  Due to heightened security, individuals can no
                                                      Stark. It is a non profit 501 C 3 organization that
  longer send letters and packages marked for
                                                      sends ties (affectionately nicknamed "hugs" since
  delivery to "Any Service Member." For every $25
                                                      they go around the neck) to the Middle East. This
  donation you make, the program sends a care
                                                      group was the first to recognize the need to help
  package valued at approximately $75 to a
                                                      keep American troops cool during the summer
  deployed service member.
                                                      and warm during the winter. The organization
  https://www.uso.org/donate/custom.aspx?id=851
                                                      also sends care packages and other handmade
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                                                      items to service men and women overseas.
  OurMilitary.Mil
                                                      http://www.thehugsproject.com/
  OurMiitary.Mil is managed by the Department of
  Defense. The Web site is a clearing house for all
                                                      Soldiers’ Angels Soldiers’ Angels is a
  support groups as well as a resource for soldiers
                                                      volunteer-led nonprofit with over 20 different
  seeking information. The site features stories of
                                                      teams and programs supporting all branches of
  how communities, non-profit organizations,
                                                      the U.S. Armed Forces. They send letters, care
  individuals and corporations support the military
                                                      packages and comfort items to the deployed, and
  in countless ways, and it provides information
                                                      they support the families here at home.
  about these organizations that provide such
                                                      Additinally, they provide assistance to the
  critical support.
                                                      wounded, continuing support for veterans,
  http://www.ourmilitary.mil/                         remembrances and comfort for families of the
                                                      fallen, and immediate response to unique
  Iraq Veterans Against the War The First             difficulties. http://www.soldiersangels.org/
  Amendment of the U.S. Constitution grants
  citizens the right to “peaceably to assemble, and
Department of Veterans’ Affairs                           Miscellaneous Resources
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has a useful
Website divided into three sections:                   ~WASCNews Observance Idea Page,
                          th   th                      September 1997
Students K-5, Students 6 -12 , and a Teacher’s
Page. The Teacher’s Page contains an                   • Flag presentation
interesting collection of stories about some of        • Sing patriotic songs and explain the history
America ’s customs and national symbols.               behind them
http://www.va.gov/kids/                                • Band/choir performances
                                                       • Banners and signs
    2011 Teacher Resource Guide                       • Read letters from soldiers
     http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/docs/2011_ve        • Send letters to people serving in the armed
     terans_day_teacher_guide.pdf                      forces
                                                       • Speeches and essays
    Veterans Day Regional Sites
                                                       • Audiovisual presentations
     Each year, the Veterans Day National
                                                       • Dramas
     Committee recognizes select Veterans’ Day
                                                       • Recite poem “Flander’s Field”
     observances throughout the country that
                                                       • Research stories behind Congressional Medal
     represent fitting tributes to America’s heroes.
                                                       of Honor awardees
     From stirring parades and ceremonies to
                                                       • Paraphrase the flag salute
     military exhibits and tributes to distinguished
                                                       • Purchase small flags for all
     veterans, these events serve as models for
                                                       • Prisoner of war speech
     other communities to follow in planning their
                                                       • Sing all the verses to the Star Spangled Banner
     own observances.
                                                       • Moment of silence
     http://www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/regsites.asp
                                                       • Candle light service
                                                       • Wreath to local Veterans of Foreign Wars
Veterans History Project,                              chapter
Library of Congress                                    • Read Dr. Seuss book, The Butter Battle Book
The Veterans History Project created by an act of      • Read Mark Twain’s “The War Prayer”
Congress in 2000 relies on volunteers to collect       • Red, white and blue day
and preserve stories of wartime service. The site      • Armed services hat day
includes access to video and audio files of            • Write letters to people in veterans’ hospitals and
veterans telling their stories.                        homes
http://www.loc.gov/vets/                               • Invite veterans from the community to an
 Experiencing War: Hispanics in                       assembly
   Service http://www.loc.gov/vets/stories/ex-         • Map showing where current armed forces
   war-hispanicveterans.html                           personnel are stationed
                                                       • Research current wars in the world
 Women at War
    http://www.loc.gov/vets/stories/ex-war-            ~A Guide to the Veterans’ Memorials
    womenatwar.html                                    located at the state capitol campus in
                                                       Olympia
                                                       http://www.ga.wa.gov/visitor/self-guide.htm
 African Americans at War: Fighting
    Two Battles
    http://www.loc.gov/vets/stories/ex-war-
    afam.html
~North of Boston Library Exchange                     ~The American War Library
Veterans’ Day Links: Arlington National               The World's Largest On-line
Cemetery, U.S. Flag Home Page, Poem:                  Military, Veteran, and Military Family
Flander’s Field, American Battle Monuments            Registry       Over 72 million Military Listings
Commission and more.                                  from Pre-Revolutionary War to the Present.
http://www.noblenet.org/year/veterans.html            http://www.amervets.com/index.htm
                                                      Examples:
~Results of Veterans’ Day Search on                    Resource Guide
Infoplease.com                                           http://www.amervets.com/warlib6/warlib69.htm
This site contains Veterans' statistics, history of
the holiday, war poetry, and more                      Military Photo Museum
http://www.infoplease.com/spot/veteransday1.ht          http://www.amervets.com/index.htm#photmuse
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                                                       Medal of Honor Web sites
~Stars and Stripes Veterans’                            http://www.americanwarlibrary.com/moh.htm
Day Quiz
The Family Education Network provides parents,
teachers, and kids with resources to online
consumer learning and information resources.
http://quizzes.familyeducation.com/page/55391.h
tml?detoured=1                                        War will exist until that distant
                                                      day when the conscientious
~Take a Veteran to School Day
The History Channel is sponsoring the national
                                                      objector enjoys the same
“Take a Veteran to School Day” campaign, which        reputation and prestige that the
is non-partisan experience for students in grade      warrior does today.
K-12. The goal is to link veterans of all ages with
young people in our schools and communities.          ~John F. Kennedy
http://www.history.com/topics/take-a-vet

~History Channel: Veterans’ Day
Resources, videos, articles and materials to
purchase.
 http://www.history.com/topics/history-of-
veterans-day

~U.S. Flag Home Page
All about the Stars and Stripes
http://www.usflag.org/

~Arlington National Cemetary
Information, a map, photographs and other
information about Arlington National Cemetery.

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/

				
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