Resources to honor our military veterans and recognize Veterans Day
Church resources - Free hymn "Ever Faithful to the Call"
A new Army-focused hymn has been released for free nonprofit use in time for upcoming Veterans Day observances: "Ever Faithful to the Call," composed by Tom Lough. Veterans Day ceremonies and services for veterans typically feature songs from other military branches, but this free hymn honors the soldiers of the Army. Free sheet music for the easy-to-sing hymn can be downloaded at www.everfaithfultothecall.com, along with a license for nonprofit use. Program planners and church music leaders are invited to download this free hymn for the Army soldiers and include it in their Veterans Day events and worship services. For inspiration in developing the hymn honoring Army soldiers, Lough turned to chaplains, veterans, family members, and church music professionals for their ideas and reflections. He also connected the hymn to the Army core values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.
Church resources - Hyper Pixels Media
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
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
Documentary - National Anthem Girl
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:
FAQ about Veterans Day
Flag education (VFW)
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)
2021 U.S. Veterans Day Parade Directory
Teacher resources - 2021 Veterans Day poster
Teacher resources - Classroom kit to celebrate our Wounded Heroes
Educators can sign up to receive a FREE classroom kit to celebrate our Wounded Heroes in America this Veterans Day, 2021. First 25 teachers to request a classroom kit will receive a free hardcopy of the book, Hero at Home. "With Veterans Day quickly approaching, The Independence Fund is again offering a FREE, fun way for children to celebrate America's wounded heroes in an interactive and educational way. Since the 2018 release of the book “Hero at Home,” The Independence Fund has been giving preschool through elementary aged children a kid-friendly preview of the life many of us know so well. “Hero at Home” was developed with the support of a pediatrician to provide age appropriate education about America’s wounded heroes to our youth. Based on my family's personal journey with a Daddy who has catastrophic combat injuries, we aim to help celebrate the wounded heroes in every corner of America. For a second year in a row, we are releasing a free digital classroom kit that includes the audio book, classroom engagement worksheets, and the ability to write a letter to thank a wounded Veteran.
To receive a free copy of the audio book and classroom kit, please complete the Classroom Kit Request Form (link above). The first 25 teachers who respond will receive a free hardcover edition of the book! 100% of book proceeds go directly towards The Independence Fund to improve the lives of America's wounded heroes and their families."
Teacher resources - Classroom victory garden
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 - Patriotic Productions - Living History
These short films document WWII veterans telling their stories from the War. With so few of the Greatest Generation left today, we believe it is imperative to capture these stories of courage and sacrifice for the sake of posterity.
Teacher resources - Social Studies for Kids - The United States at War
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
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 2021 teacher guide (VA)
Teacher resources - Veterans History Project
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
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
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
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)
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
Over 100 links to Veterans Day resources on our Pinterest board.
Teacher resources - The Teacher's Corner
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
Veterans Day resources for the classroom.
Veterans Day community celebrations
Locate a Veterans Day activity near you, or register your event.
Young Patriots Club (Des Moines, IA)
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!
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...