Veteran's day is coming up, and I really think we need to talk.
You see, for the majority of our country, Veteran's Day is viewed as a day off of work and school, a day to get stuff done, and a day to visit one of the many parks open free of charge in celebration of Veteran's Day.
However, Veteran's Day is a day of remembrance.
Of remembering those who have served of nation and us in our military during times of war and times of peace.
Of remembering the memories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice defending those who could not defend themselves.
Of remembering the families left behind- either by the death of their soldier or because he has been deployed.
And especially remembering our loved ones who have served or are currently serving, and teaching our children to hold them in honor and respect for the choice they have made to serve their country.
How can we prepare our children for Veteran's Day?
Here are a list of books, crafts, and ideas that we can start working on the week before Veteran's Day, so our children can be prepared for what Veteran's Day truly stands for.
I Miss Daddy by Acacia Beumer
Veterans Day (Rookie Read-About Holidays) by Jacqueline S. Cotton
What Is Veterans Day? (I Like Holidays!) by Elaine Landau
The Wall (Reading Rainbow Books) by Eve Bunting
The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans by Barbara Walsh
America's White Table by Margot Theis Raven
Veterans Day for Kids! - The Amazing Story of Veterans Day by Ian D. Fraser
The History of Veterans Day for Kids by Josephine Madden
Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin
Now would be a great time to teach your children the theme song to each of the branches of our military and other patriotic songs.
Military Medley: Army, Navy, Marine, AIrForce Themes Songs
Bugle: First Call (Kentucky Derby)
Star Spangled Banner (The National Anthem)
Battle Hymn Of The Republic / Patriotic Anthem / American Civil War Music
America the Beautiful - Instrumental
The Army Goes Rolling Along (The U.S. Army Song)
Anchors Aweigh (The U.S. Navy Song)
Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder (The U.S. Air Force Song)
The Marines' Hymn (The U.S. Marine Song)
Semper Paratus (The U.S. Coast Guard Song)
Simple American Flag Craft for Kids
Veteran's Day Art and Activities for Kids
It is also a great time to print out some patriotic quotes to be displayed. My friend Amy has put together a great round-up of Patriotic Printables.
Let us determine to take the time to teach our children about this very special day.
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