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 FREE resources to help!
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.
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.
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.
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FREE Veteran’s Day Resources:
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
Veterans Day Word Search | Real Life at Home
Veterans Day FREEBIE Pack! | Jessica Joseph Hawkins (TpT)
Veterans Day Printable Sign and Card | For the Love of Food
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
FREE Printable Veteran’s Day Writing Activities | In All You Do
Veterans Day Crossword | Real Life at Home
Veterans Day Pack | 3 Dinosaurs
FREE 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
Veteran’s Day Printable Coloring Page | Juggling Act Mama
Veterans Day Coloring Pages | Linda’s Loft for Little Learners (TpT)
Printable Thank You Note for Veterans | Three Little Ferns
Veterans Day / Remembrance Day FREE | That Fun Reading Teacher (TpT)
Veterans Day coloring pages, sheets and pictures! | Raising Our Kids
FREE 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 from Music in Our Homeschool
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
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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.