Do you and your child know the history of Veterans Day? In 1918, Congress declared the 11th of November of each year as Armistice Day, a legal holiday to remember those who had served in World War I. But in 1954, veterans' organizations lobbied for the holiday to be more inclusive - and Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day to honor all veterans who served in the armed forces.
This November 11, there are many ways to commemorate Veterans Day with your child if you wish. Families who are looking for ways to remember veterans can try these suggestions:
- Learn about American history as a family, especially America's wars and why they were fought.
- Fly a flag in front of your home.
- Plant a tree in memory of those who died in recent or long-past conflicts.
- Talk to veteran aunts, uncles, grandparents, or family friends about what it was like to serve in the armed forces. Ask them what their country means to them and how their experience changed their lives.
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