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Monday, November 8, 2010

Learning Opportunity: Veterans Day

Veterans Day commemorates the sacrifices of our nation's veterans and is held on November 11th, the anniversary of the armistice which ended World War I. It is a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Use this learning opportunity to explore history, civics, reading and writing, 21st century content and more:
  • History: When was Veterans Day established and why?
  • Global connections: Do other countries honor their veterans? How?
  • Language Arts: Interview a veteran. Write a story about or a letter to a veteran. Write a newspaper article or editorial about veterans. Read and summarize the Presidential Proclamation
  • Role play: veterans of different wars through history, leaders and officials making policies that impact veterans (celebrations, budgeting their benefits, etc.)
  • Local government: Earlier this year, the Mecklenburg County Commission approved a budget that decreased funding to the local veteran's office (news stories here, here and here) at the same time cuts were made to schools, libraries and parks. View county budget here and search 'veterans'. Many veterans protested and spoke out about the cuts. Jim Pendergraph, who was elected last week to the county commission, has pledged to restore funding to the veterans office. Creating a budget is a balancing act - what would you do if you were a leader in this position? How do other NC counties fund local veterans services? If you were creating the 2011 budget, how would you budget for veterans and why?

Learn more about Veteran's Day