1. Interview a veteran. Ask a family member, neighbor or friend from church to share his or her story. Use a video camera or digital audio recorder if you have one. Here are a few questions to get you started:
- What branch of service were you in?
- What type of work did you perform?
- Tell me about a couple of your most memorable experiences.
- What is one of the hardest things you faced?
- What was it like to come home?
- Anything else you want to share?
2. If you have older kids, have them do a more formal interview and submit it to the Library of Congress through the Veteran’s History Project.
3. Watch the short films Der Fuehrer’s Face and Donald Duck Army Ranger produced by Disney and discuss World War II.
4. Teach your children about the history of Veterans Day through a Unit Study. Learn about how the holiday got started and about the men and women we honor.
5. Write a letter to a service person through the Packages from Home Project. Those who are serving love to know people think of them and care.
6. Have children draw a picture of Veterans Day, and what this holiday means to them. If your child knows someone in the military, they can draw a picture of that person.
7. Create thank you cards and take them to veterans at a local VA hospital or retirement community.
8. Attend a local Veterans Day parade or ceremony. Make posters to take with you. Take time to introduce yourselves to the veterans afterward.
9. Learn how to properly fold an American flag. Also discuss what each fold means.
10. Call up your local VA hospital or VA organization and ask if there is a way your family can volunteer for the day. Who knows, you might just want to make it a regular occurrence.
12. For more activities, check out the FREE Veteran’s Day resource guide.
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