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VETERANS DAY THEMATIC UNIT

NOVEMBER 11th

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What is a Veteran? A Veteran is anyone who served in the military. An American Veteran served in either the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corp, Navy. They could have served during war, or during peace. They can be a mother, father, teacher, lawyer, even your neighbor. In 2000, there were 5.7 MILLION Veterans in our country.

When was the first Veterans Day? The first Veterans Day was celebrated on November 11, 1947. Raymond Weeks organized a “National Veterans Day” even in Birmingham, Alabama to honor all veterans. In 1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill passing November 11th as Veterans Day.

When did Veterans Day start? On November 11, 1921 an unknown soldier was buried at the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. Similar ceremonies had taken place in England and France. They were remembering the end of World War I which happened on November 11, 1918 at 11 AM with the signing of the Armistice. This day became known as Armistice Day. Congress recognized Armistice Day in 1926. It became a national holiday in 1938.

What is the Purple Heart? The Purple Heart is a medal that is given to soldiers or their families. Only those who are injured or killed in service to the US Military can earn it.

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Purple Heart Medal

The commander of the Air Force Honor Guard gives a command at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Nov. 11. 2005. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Sara Wood

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Color the flag and display it to show your support!

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Draw a Purple Heart Medal here

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Activities  Have your child write a thank you card for a veteran. Contact your local Veterans Affairs office to find where you can mail a card.  Display a flag in your car window or home.  Make a patriotic pin using red, white and blue ribbon and glue to a safety pin. You can also use small beads instead of ribbon. Wear it often.  Make a beaded necklace or bracelet.  Cut a piece of construction paper in half and glue it into a tube. Have your child glue red/white/blue streamers to it for a wind sock.  Visit KidsThankAVet.com for more ideas.  Research some famous Veterans.  Have your child write a letter to a Veteran.  Attend a parade or other Veterans Day related event. Thank a Veteran.  Check out books from the library on Veterans.  Think about what kind of characteristics all Veterans might share.

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Patriotic Quiz 1. How many stars are on the US flag? ______________________

2. What is the original name of Veterans Day? _____________________________________

3. How many soldiers are buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier? __________________

4. Where is Arlington National Cemetery? _____________________________________

5. What war was ended by the Armistice? _____________________________________

6. What are the five branches of the US Military? _____________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

7. What year was the Armistice signed? ___________________

8. How does a soldier earn the Purple Heart? _____________________________________

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Answer Key 1. 50 2. Armistice Day 3. 3 4. Washington, D.C.

5. 6. 7. 8.

World War I Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, Marines 1918 Wounded or killed in battle

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