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Veterans’ Day is observed on November 11 when Americans honor all living military veterans, including the many working moms who are veterans of military service. The day is celebrated with speeches and parades across the country. For more facts about Veterans’ Day, see the list below.
- Veterans’ Day is always observed on November 11.
- On Veterans’ Day, Americans honor all living military veterans, including the many working moms who are veterans of military service.
- Veterans’ Day is celebrated with speeches and parades across the U.S.
- The holiday began as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I.
- In 1926, Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance.
- In 1938, Nov. 11 became a national holiday.
- In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation changing the name to Veterans’ Day in order to honor veterans of all American wars.
- On November 11, 1921, an unidentified American soldier killed in the war was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. It is called the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. An official wreath-laying ceremony is held each Veterans’ Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Usually the president, or another high-ranking government official, lays the wreath on the grave.
- Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11th. Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November). In Europe, Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.
- Veterans’ Day should not be confused with Memorial Day. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans–living or dead–but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.”
Veterans Day Worksheets
This bundle includes 11 ready-to-use Veterans Day worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about this important US holiday which takes place every November 11 and celebrates military veterans for their service.
Throughout the extensive worksheet pack there are multiple lesson resources and quizzes for students to practice their knowledge which can be used within the classroom or homeschooling environment.
Included Veterans Day worksheets:
Veterans Day Word Search
In this activity, students must find all of the Veterans Day words inside the word search grid.
Veterans Day Timeline
Students will fill out a timeline worksheet and describe what happened during each year in Veterans Day’s history.
Challenges Faced by Veterans
Students will read about challenges facing veterans and choose a problem that veterans face to create a poster that spreads awareness.
A Veteran’s Story
This writing prompt will have the student read part of President Obama’s speech from Veterans Day 2015 and write about what we can learn from the store and which part was most powerful to them.
Veterans Day Coloring Page
This is a fun activity for students to color in the Veteran’s Day picture.
This activity will explain what care packages are, and the students will list what they would include in a care package, along with a note for the soldier who might receive it.
Veterans Day Crossword
This crossword will use words and questions from the included fact file to test the students understanding and knowledge.
Veterans Day Acrostic Poem
Students will complete an acrostic poem by writing a phrase for each of the letters in Veterans Day.
Awards for Service
The student must write which awards the marine Kyle Carpenter received and their thoughts on why he received them.
Thank a Veteran
This is a creative writing prompt in which the student will write a letter to a veteran and thank them for their service to this country.
After completing these worksheets students will be able to:
- Have a clear understanding about the history of Veterans Day and its importance.
- Complete a number of quiz and fill in the blank activities to test their knowledge of the subject.
- Understand the challenges that veterans face and how we can spread awareness.
- Think about how we can thank active military veterans by sending a care package of items to keep morale up.
- Explain the different types of medals that heroic veterans can receive, and explain their thoughts about the sacrifices veterans make.
- Complete a creative writing prompt that thanks a veteran for their service to this country.
- Understand chronology and timelines and write about what has happened in past Veterans Day’s history.
These worksheets have been specifically designed for use with any international curriculum. If you need US General Election worksheets for your classroom, you can use these worksheets as-is, or edit them using Google Slides to make them more specific to your own student ability levels and curriculum standards.