Veterans Day: Celebrate and Educate

Veterans Day honors all members of the Armed Forces who served this country valiantly. This holiday originally was called Armistice Day and was first celebrated in 1921. In 1954, President Eisenhower changed it to Veterans Day, in honor of those who served and died from all wars.

On November 11 at 11:11, 1921 the U.S. France and England each buried an unknown soldier in honor of those who died in World War I. This began the annual Armistice Day holiday. The time and day was picked because fighting ceased in WWI in 1918 on November 11 at 11:11. In keeping with this tradition, work stops on this day and time each year for a moment of silence.

Veterans Day 2017 will be on Saturday, November 11th, 2017 and designated as a Federal Holiday on Friday, November 10th, 2017.

The Anthem Veterans’ Memorial has five pillars that represent the five branches of the United States military: United States Army, the United States Marine Corp, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force, and the United States Coast Guard.

On Veterans Day as at precisely 11:11 AM on Veterans Day, November 11th, the sun’s rays will pass through each of the five pillars’ elliptical openings to illuminate a glass mosaic medallion of the Great Seal of the United States.

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This year’s Veterans Day Poster.  Previous years posters can be found here.

Veterans Day STEAM Activites


Read Veterans Day by Jacqueline S. Cotton: Following the well-known and much-loved Rookie Books format, this fun and informative book introduce early elementary-school children to the basic facts about Veterans Day. It explains the development of the holiday and how it is celebrated today, and includes holiday games, traditions, fireworks, crafts, and foods.

Fireworks in a Jar

Fireworks in a jar - make your own celebratory fireworks in a jar using just 2 ingredients plus water! || Gift of Curiosity

Make Star Spangled Slime:


Read: Veterans-Heroes in our Neighborhood by Valerie PfundsteinThis is an engaging rhyming picture book for readers of all ages that fosters mindfulness of and appreciation for the brave service men and women who are also our family, friends, and neighbors.

Activity: Have students interview a veteran from their family. Have students use their research to develop 1-2 slides for a class Power Point to be show at a Veterans Day assembly.


Activity: LEGO American Flag Building

LEGO American Flag Building Activity with Basic Bricks



Read: Hero Mom or Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin

Activity: Make a soldier

Easy Soldier Craft



Activity: Make number combinations


Let your students know: 

As a way to honor the brave men and women who have served our country, TCMU offers veterans discounts year-round, with $1 standard adult admission with military id.