Veterans Day Activities
Come Veterans Day, the whole of America honours the men and women who served the country in its times of need. Contrary to popular belief, Veterans Day is not just about the people who sacrificed their lives for the nation. Rather, on Veterans Day, people take the time and effort to honor and thank every person who served (or serves) in the US military forces, especially those who are still with us today.
Whether you are a parent or a teacher, there are plenty of ways in which you and your kids can join the rest of the nation in thanking the veterans for their service.
History of Veterans Day
A good place to begin your Veterans Day celebration is at the beginning – do you and your kids know how the holiday came to be? Here’s a little background information on the special day:
Celebrated on the 11th of November every year, Veterans Day marks the day that World War I came to an end. To be very specific, the ceasefire was announced on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year. While it wasn’t the end to all wars, as our leaders originally hoped it would be, the day is now recognized as a day to thank all the men and women who fight for our freedom, whether in the Navy, the Army, the Air Force, the Marine Corps or the Coast Guard.
Veterans Day Activities
You can celebrate this holiday with the rest of your community or on your own, in school or at home. JumpStart has a couple of great Veterans Day activity ideas for you to choose from this year:
- Many communities organize local Veterans Day festivities like exhibitions and parades. An exciting Veterans Day activity for kids, you can take your children and their friends out for a fun and educational outing to one of these programs. On your way back, you can discuss the different things you saw, and the significance of Veterans Day.
- If you know anyone in your family or friend circle who served in the US Military forces, pay them a special visit on Veterans Day. A thoughtful gift like a handmade card or some freshly baked goodies would be appropriate.
- Even if you don’t know any veterans personally, you can still thank them in person for their services. For a Veterans Day activity that makes a difference, you and your kids can make a nice big Veterans Day card and take it to a nearby veterans’ home. Even better - talk to them about their experiences and listen to their stories. There’s no better way to truly appreciate how much the veterans have done for our country.
- Schools can organize special Veterans Day activities for kids like a ‘Take a Veteran to School’ program. As a parent or teacher, you can play an important role in convincing your school to conduct such programs for their students.
- Veterans Day classroom activities may also include reading stories about veterans or doing Veterans Day worksheets.
- Veterans Day Crafts: For the more artistic ones, JumpStart has a few patriotic crafts that are perfect for Veterans Day!
Even if you do not have the time to do much else, a small discussion about Veterans Day and its meaning is a great way to reinforce the important role that veterans play in our country, and to remember them for the many sacrifices they make for us every day.
For more information about Veteran's Day and fun Veteran's Day activities for the family, check out the Veteran's Day page on our blog.