Veterans Day is on Friday and many of our kids will have the day off from school. Since it’s a public holiday, some parents may also have the day off. I know that the kids are excited because they don’t have school – BUT more importantly the kids should know why this day is so important that our nation has made November 11th a legal holiday.
Start the conversation by asking them to tell you what they know about Veterans Day. Maybe they do know what it’s all about. In case they don’t here are some interesting facts to talk about. You can also have the kids do their own research on the Internet and, just maybe, they’ll turn up some facts that will surprise you.
- On a Veterans Day we thank and honor those who served in our country’s military.
- Veterans Day is observed on November 11th of each year.
- It was decreed a national holiday in 1938
- This day used to be called Armistice Day.
- It was called Armistice Day because on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month an Armistice ended World War I.It was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 in honor of every veteran who ever served the United States Armed Forces
- There were 23.6 million military veterans in the U.S. in 2007.
- Flying a flag on Veterans Day is traditional.
Here are some sites for the kids to learn more about veterans and Veterans Day.