November 11 -Veterans Day/Armistice Day

Veterans Day was created “…to honor and recognize American servicemembers past and present. This day of celebration and reflection originated from the signing of an armistice–a temporary cessation (stopping) of hostilities–on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11:00 a.m., when all fighting ceased between the Allied nations and Germany, effectively ending World War1. A year later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919, as the first commemoration of Armistice Day…

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11 a.m. The actual legal federal holiday was approved by Congress in 1938. It wasn’t until 1954 following World War II and the Korean War that Congress replaced “Armistice” with “Veterans,” amending the original Act to commemorate November 11 – a day in America when veterans of all wars are honored.

Veterans are recognized as men and women who have or are serving in America’s Armed Forces. Today, Veterans Day is a celebration to honor all of America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. It is also a day for reflection–for remembering.”

Source: Airforce Outreach

Lesson Plan for November 11

Veterans Day PowerPoint
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Veterans Day PDF
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