Please don’t mistake Veterans Day for Memorial Day.
In the USA, we have different days than the UK, Canada, and Europe to commemorate veterans. November 11 is Armistice Day, but Americans only swooped in at the last minute of WWI, so we don’t really learn much about it. I took my family to visit the memorials in Flanders.
Veterans Day on 11 November honors those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.
The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926.
With the approval of legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation.”
Memorial Day is a federal holiday the last Monday in May, in the United States for honoring and mourning the military personnel who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. We don’t ever say, “Happy Memorial Day.”
Armed Forces Day is an unofficial U.S. holiday earlier in May to honor those currently serving in the armed forces.
My grandfather served his whole life in the US Navy.
My dad served a tour in the Navy, then retired from US Army Reserves.
My husband is looking forward to retiring from the US Air Force. His grandfather and uncle also served in the Air Force.
We’re a military family.
- Military Kids
- Flanders WWI Sites
- World War I Unit Study
- Normandy WWII Sites
- World War II Unit Study
- American Military Cemetery in Luxembourg
- Pearl Harbor Sites
- Memorial Day
- Revolutionary War Unit Study
- Civil War Unit Study
- Middle East Unit Study
- Korea Unit Study
- Vietnam Unit Study
- Operation We Are Here
- Veterans Day from Scholastic
- Veterans Day from PBS
- The Homeschool Mom Veterans Day Unit
- Simple Veterans Day Preschool Unit Study
- Veterans Day Guide from I Choose Joy
- Year Round Homeschooling Veterans Day Unit
- Worksheets from Kids Konnect
- Patriotic Crafts from Enchanted Learning
- PreK Pages Crafts
- Veterans Day Notebooking Pages from In All You Do
- Productive Homeschooling Veterans Day Notebooking Pages
What does Veterans Day mean to you?
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