Veterans’ Day is often confused with Memorial Day. While Memorial Day honors those who have died for our country, Veterans’ Day honors living veterans, as well as those who have passed.
Veterans’ Day was once called “Armistice Day”. I’m really they changed the name because it seems like a mouthful! However, Armistice means an agreement by opposing sides in a war to stop fighting for a certain time. It became a day of recognition in 1926 and became a National Holiday in 1938. In 1954, President Eisenhower changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans’ Day. This was to celebrate not only World War I Veterans, but all veterans of all wars.
Veterans’ Day occurs every November 11th. It is unlike Memorial Day which is celebrated on the last Monday in the month of May. However, In 1971 Veterans’ Day was moved to the Fourth Monday in October. In 1975, President Gerald Ford Returned Veterans’ Day to November 11th because of the significance of the date. In 1918, the 11th hour at the 11th day at the 11th month, World War I was over (why it was known as “Armistice Day”).
There are approximately 17.4 million Veterans in the United States. 10% of the population are Veterans. 91% of veterans are men, 9% are women.
What is the Significance of the Poppies?
Poppies are significant because of the World War I poem “In Flanders Field”. The first lines talk about the poppies that grew from soldiers graves in Belgium. The American Legion made the red poppy their symbol to remember veterans from World War I veterans. In Britain, Purple Poppies are used to remember animals that were killed in action.
- Math and Literacy Activities-Kindergarten and 1st grades
- V Craft and Writing Kinder-3rd
- Activities and Craft 1st and 2nd
- Activities 4-th-8th
- fact hunt, doodle and poetry righting-4th-7th
- Activities and Flip book-2nd-5th grade
- Reader for First grade and Kinder
- Find more at Teachers Pay Teachers
Books for kids
- The Amazing Story of Veteran’s Day-Ian D. Fraser
- I’ll Lend you My Daddy-Becky King
- Veterans-Heroes in Our NEighborhood-Valerie Pfundstein
- When I grow Up I want to be in the US Army-Wig Publishing
- Who are the Veterans?
- Remembering our Heroes; Veterans Day
- Veterans Day Jacqueline S Cotton
- Hero Jennifer Li Short
Check out Anthem Park, which has an Amazing Memorial that you should see on November 11th at 11:11am!