Resources to honor our military veterans and recognize Veterans Day

Church resources - Hyper Pixels Media
http://www.hyperpixelsmedia.com/seasonal-church-media/veterans-day-church-media?zenid=47959523aa3377c8dfe9ba5305838eda
Hyper Pixels Media exists to bring glory to God and to assist the local church by equipping it with creative media resources. Visit this link to view their Veterans Day resources.

Church resources - SermonSpice
http://www.sermonspice.com/search?q=veterans+day
SermonSpice.com is the original source for sermon illustration videos, worship backgrounds, and church countdowns. Offers a variety of Veterans Day resources for your church service.


Coloring page for Veterans Day
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Contest - Virginia War Memorial 2019 Veterans Day Essay Contest
http://vawarmemorial.org/essaycontest
The Virginia War Memorial is now accepting entries for the 2019 Veterans Day Essay Contest. The contest is open to all Middle and High School students in Virginia, and a winner will be selected from each age group (grades 6-8 and 9-12). Winners and their teachers will receive a monetary prize, and winning students will be asked to read their submissions aloud at the Commonwealth's Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 11:00am.


Documentary - National Anthem Girl
https://anthemgirldoc.com
Celebrate and honor our veterans! Bring the 'NATIONAL ANTHEM GIRL' film to your school, civic club, hometown theater... even use it as a fundraiser!

What started as a desire to honor America’s brave led to a remarkable cross-country journey that would change one woman’s life forever, as she sought to become the first person in history to perform The National Anthem in all 50 United States.

Narrated by Janine Stange herself, the documentary follows the self-financed two-year journey that saw her going from a frustrated singer, living in L.A. with visions of stardom, to a dedicated one-woman show on a state-by-state mission to spread American pride and to display gratitude for the brave men and women the Anthem represents.

A portion of proceeds from the film are being donated to several organizations whose sole purpose is the support of U.S. military personnel, past and present.

To learn more and to bring National Anthem Girl to your school, group, or theater, visit:
https://anthemgirldoc.com


FAQ about Veterans Day
http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetday_faq.asp


Flag education (VFW)
https://www.vfw.org/community/flag-etiquette
We’re your one-stop shop for all things flag-related. From flag etiquette and history to a large stock of "Old Glory" itself available at the VFW Store. Look no further for all things red, white and blue!  


Parade listing for Veterans Day (VetFriends)
https://www.vetfriends.com/reunions/veterans_day_parade.cfm
2019 U.S. Veterans Day Parade Directory


Teacher resources - 2019 Veterans Day poster
http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/gallery.asp

Teacher resources - Classroom victory garden
www.classroomvictorygarden.org
The goal of The Classroom Victory Garden Project is to teach elementary students about the role of community in WWII through interdisciplinary curriculum designed to connect the past and the present. Millions of Americans grew Victory Gardens in their backyards - and on rooftops and in windowboxes - during WWII to supplement their wartime rations and help spur victory. That can-do spirit can offer your young students an age-appropriate entree into the lessons and history of WWII

Teacher resources - Social Studies for Kids - The United States at War
http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/subjects/usatwar.htm
Learn more about the war and conflicts of the United States. (Does not include more recent conflicts.)

Teacher resources - Take a Veteran to School Day
http://www.history.com/teacher-resources
Take a Veteran to School Day, a popular HISTORY® initiative, encourages schools to connect veterans with young people to hear their stories of service and learn more about Veterans Day. These events can range from a simple one-class visit with veterans to an all school assembly. Register for this free program and view sample agendas and a wealth of free curriculum resources.

Teacher resources - Veterans Day 2019 teacher guide (VA)
https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/

Teacher resources - Veterans History Project
http://www.loc.gov/vets/stories/ and
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/veterans/#
Stories from the Veterans History Project, from World War I up to and including the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Teacher resources - Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in the Classroom
http://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/the-vfw-in-the-classroom?cookieCheck=true
The VFW strives to thank our nation’s educators year-round by arming them with helpful resources and visits to local classrooms. Loving America and all it stands for is what we do best. Let us help you educate our future leaders.

Teacher resources - World War One Centennial Commission
https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/educate.html
The Centennial Commemoration provides an opportunity to focus the attention of students and adults across the country on the war. Using educational resources beyond classroom settings, the Commission intends to create a comprehensive educational program about all aspects of the First World War. While many of the Commission’s educational programs will be available to the country at large, its particular focus will be on students in grades 6-12 – the so-called “Generation Z” who were born beginning in the late 1990s. The Commission expects to supplement traditional classroom materials with “virtual classroom” materials and other Internet-driven media to reach as wide an audience as possible. By working with educators across the country, the Commission’s goal is to reach over 10 million students by the conclusion of the Centennial period.

Teacher resources - Wreaths Across America resources
http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/remember-honor-teach/
Along with recognizing the sacrifices of the past and present, Wreaths Across America™ counts educating our children as one of the chief missions of our campaign. Without that connection to the future, we will fail to remember that freedom isn't free.

Site includes middle school downloadable curriculum, Daisy Dog and the Parade of Purpose coloring book.

Teacher resources - Kids Thank A Vet (activities, songs, clip art)
www.kidsthankavet.com
Classroom activities which coincide with the Students Thank a Veteran program can be adjusted to all grade levels. Many of these suggested activities can be done in a class period or extended throughout the school year.

Teacher resources - Pinterest
http://www.pinterest.com/awhoinwhoville/veterans-day-kids-classrooms-activities-crafts/
Over 100 links to Veterans Day resources on our Pinterest board.

Teacher resources - The Teacher's Corner
http://seasonal.theteacherscorner.net/veterans-day/
The Veterans Day pages will provide you with great activities and lessons to help you and your students honor our country's heroes. Ideas within the Veteran's Day pages include: scavenger hunts, lesson plans, printable worksheets, and Internet resources.

Teacher resources - The Teacher's Guide
http://www.theteachersguide.com/veteransday.htm
Veterans Day resources for the classroom.


Veterans Day community celebrations
https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/
Locate a Veterans Day activity near you, or register your event.


Young Patriots Club (Des Moines, IA)
https://youngpatriotsclub.com/
Young Patriots Club is a local Christian ministry of freedom-loving youth on a mission to honor God and uplift American heroes. We are a kindergarten through 12th grade club which practices patriotic songs, recitations, and poetry to share at local programs in the Des Moines area honoring our servicemen and women, veterans, and first responders. YPC has become a discipleship ministry with the 7th-12th graders using their gifts to teach and mentor our junior young patriots in K-2nd grade. This club is the perfect place for families raising their children to live with gratitude, giving back to those who've made sacrifices for them. Guest speakers from the community amaze us with their stories of service, inspiring us to give our best to uplift them! YPC is blessed to be a blessing!



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A teacher asks for advice about Veterans Day

October, 2011 - Operation We Are Here received this e-mail from a teacher:

"I am a teacher at a high school on Long Island, New York. We would like to do something special for this coming Veterans Day. We were thinking of some kind of collection of items that we could send to the military overseas. Do you think this is a good idea? Or is there something better that you need for us to do? We would start it now, and them we plan on having a school assembly honoring our Veterans just before Veterans Day."

In response to her request, I asked OWAH Facebook members for their advice. Their response is listed below, and I think it provides excellent insight and direction for this teacher and others. The needs of our deployed military personnel are well-supplied by many non-profit organizations. However, there are many needs and opportunities for service to:
- home front families
- wounded warriors and their families
- loved ones of the fallen
- veterans, especially the older generation who did not receive the support that
compares to our current generation of veterans

Here is what they said:

  • If your school is near a VA Hospital, your students could visit veterans in the hospital. Visitors are always valued by hospitalized veterans.

  • The majority of military supporters people from corporations, to non-profits, to individuals organize untold numbers of efforts to send things to the troops. Consider instead finding families back home to help or bless with a cheer up. Maybe a home cooked meal, a restaurant gift certificate, babysitting, or painting/redecorating a room.

  • If you ask service members how you can support them - 99% of the time they answer, "just take care of my family". I would suggest the children put together packages/letters of appreciation to the kids/spouses of deployed, wounded and surviving service members. Various organizations can assist in disseminating the packages

  • Do something great for the veterans in the VA hospital, as these guys never received the appreciation they deserve when they were off fight wars so many years ago, like our troops get now. 

  • As a spouse/family of a deployed soldier, I like the idea of doing something for the families. It would be nice to just know someone cares.

  • Are you close to a military base? There are Family Readiness Groups (FRG's) that support the families while the soldiers are deployed. If you are not near a base, then contact your VFW or your local AmVet representative. These numbers are available online. You could also connect with a local news channel about what you want to do and send a "shout out" to military families that may live in your community. Thanks for wanting to help our military - God bless you!

  • If close to a VA hospital or VA nursing home, go for a visit. Something to show appreciation for the warriors of our past, the Vets. Maybe a coffee and donuts reception somewhere.

  • Have students who are connected in some way to the military write a short essay about that person (cousin, sibling, friend, grandparent) and then create a video collage of these essays to be shown at the Veterans Day assembly to help the "military" become more personal to those who have no connection.

  • Remember, it's not just the neediness of the family members, but the loneliness. Our family often gets ignored because we are so self sufficient and can take care of most of our needs with the extra pay they get while away. It doesn't change the feelings of being alone...
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Military veteran story projects - LINK

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Church resources
Coloring page for Veterans Day
Contest
FAQ about Veterans Day
Flag education
Parade listing
Teacher resources:
  • 2019 Veterans Day poster
  • Classroom victory garden
  • Veterans Administration
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
  • Veterans History Project - veteran stories
  • World War One Centennial Commission
  • Wreaths Across America
  • Additional resource websites
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Veterans Day community celebrations

A teacher asks for advice about planning for Veterans Day (and the military community responds)
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