Veterans Day is celebrated each year on November 11th. It has become a day when we honor and recognize those who have served the United States. Whether in times of war or peace – dead or alive, we honor these veterans.
Learn about the history of Veterans Day and honor those who have served America in the Armed Forces. Use these Veterans Day printables to aid you in teaching your kids about this important federal holiday.
Teaching your children about the history of some federal holidays is important. Veteran’s Day is one of those important holidays everyone should understand.
The History of Veterans Day
Did you know Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day, which celebrated the end of World War I? Although the Treaty of Versailles was signed June 28, 1919 (the official end to WWI), the fighting stopped seven months earlier on November 11, 1918. Congress officially recognized 11/11 as the end of the war in 1926 and it became an official holiday honoring those who fought in World War I.
After World War II and the Korean War happened, Congress officially amended and changed the name from Armistice, which basically means a truce, to Veterans Day to include all American veterans who have fought in wars. American isn’t the only country that celebrates those who have protected and served their country. Australia, Canada, and Great Britain all call their “Remembrance Day” but honor their veterans just the same.
Fun Fact about Veterans Day
Something else you might not know about Veterans Day is there is no apostrophe in the name, as many would like to add (I know I have done it). Why? Because the day doesn’t belong to just one veteran but rather all those who have fought and served the United States through military service.
Veterans Day vs Memorial Day
And make sure you don’t confuse this holiday with Memorial Day (celebrated in May), as that is the day we honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in their service to this country.
Nowadays you’re more likely to see Veterans Day honoring those who are still living but have served this country, whether in war or peace. Memorial Day is reserved for those who gave their lives in battle or ultimately because of wounds they suffered.
History of Federal Holidays
You can teach your children about the history of federal holidays using our American Holidays Unit Study
Do you have a difficult time explaining the history behind America’s Federal Holidays to your students? In this unit study you will learn all about the history and traditions of America’s Federal Holidays.
Includes text, questions, written narration, research, quiz, notebooking, and an answer key.
Veterans Day Printables
- Simple Veterans Day Preschool Unit Study | Homeschool Preschool
- Printable Veterans Day Cards | Sight and Sound Reading
- Thank You Veterans Military Easy Reader | Fantastic Fun and Learning
Free Veterans Day Printables
- Veterans Day Word Search | Real Life at Home
- Veterans Day Activity Pack | Jessica Joseph Hawkins
- Veterans Day Printable Sign and Card | For the Love of Food
Free Veterans Day Printables for Kindergarten
- Veterans Day “I See” Book | LMN Tree
- Veterans Day Emergent Reader | A Dab of Glue Will Do
- Veterans Day Writing Prompt | Counselor Keri (TpT)
- Counting Mat Fun Free Printable for Veterans Day | Royal Baloo
- Veterans Day Math Activities | Kelly McCown
- Free Veterans Day Printables | In All You Do
Veterans Day Printables
- Printable Veteran’s Day Writing Activities
- Veterans Day Crossword | Real Life at Home
- Veterans Day Pack | 3 Dinosaurs
- Veterans Book | The Multicultural Classroom (TpT)
- Free Veterans Day Snap Block Pattern Cards | Preschool Printables by Gwyn
- Free Printable Veterans Day Military Branches Puzzles | Fantastic Fun and Learning
Veterans Day Free Printables
- Veterans Day Printable Coloring Page | Juggling Act Mama
- Veterans Day Coloring Pages | Linda’s Loft for Little Learners
- Printable Thank You Note for Veterans | Three Little Ferns
- Veterans Day / Remembrance Day| That Fun Reading Teacher
- Veterans Day coloring pages, sheets and pictures! | Raising Our Kids
- Veterans Day Coloring Activities | In All You Do
Veterans Day Activities for Kids
- Free Veterans Day Activity | The Kindergarten Connection
- Veterans Day Activities for Upper Elementary | Teaching with Jennifer Findley
- American Flag Craft | Crafting Jeannie
- Soldier Craft for Veterans Day | Fantastic Fun and Learning
- Patriotic Art Project for Kids | Art with Jenny K.
- Red memorial poppy craft using a cupcake liner | Laughing Kids Learn
- Remembrance Day Poppy Wreath | Mama. Papa. Bubba.
- Free 15-Minute Music Lesson for Veterans Day
Veterans Day Crafts
- Patriotic Star Wreath Craft for Kids | The Resourceful Mama
- Torn Poppy Craft | Housing a Forest
- Letters of Thanks to Veterans | Scholastic
- Handprint Keepsake For Veteran’s Day | Glued to My Crafts
- Thank a Veteran! | The First Grade Roundup
- Veterans are the Heart of America Craft | A Classroom on Cloud Nine
Teach your kids about the different branches of the U.S. Military too!
- Free Printables About the U.S. Marines
- Free Printables About the U.S. Navy
- Free Printables About the U.S. Coast Guard
- Free Printables About the U.S. Army
- Free Printables About the U.S. Air Force
Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating UNIT STUDIES and FREE PRINTABLES for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about homeschooling, homemaking and marriage while trying to maintain her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers where she shares her tips on homeschooling without breaking the bank.