This Monday is Veteran’s Day. I’m sure you’ve seen our nation’s flag displayed proudly on buildings around town, and heard local restaurants offering free dinners to members of the military. But what is Veteran’s Day all about?
This holiday can be a little harder to explain to kids. I mean there’s no candy and creepy costumes to help them get in the spirit, like the holiday a couple weeks ago. Veteran’s Day is a time we recognize and honor all of our veterans in the armed forces. These men and women can be our friends, our family, our neighbors—they all have served our country and preserved our freedom. For me, this holiday always makes me think of my grandpa, who joined the army right out of high school. I still remember hearing all his stories of army life in the 1940s.
If you’re a history buff like me, you wonder how Veteran’s Day came to be. We should always thank our soldiers for their service, but what’s so special about November 11? Well it turns out Veteran’s Day was originally known as Armistice Day, and commemorates the end of World War I (1914–1918). On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month in 1918, an armistice halted the fighting and effectively ended the "War to End All Wars." Years and several wars later, Armistice Day is now known as Veteran’s Day, a national holiday dedicated to all our veterans.
Did you know Veteran’s Day is not just celebrated in the U.S.? In fact Canada, Britain, Australia, and France all have special days in November to honor their veterans.
Teaching kids the meaning of Veteran’s Day is a great way to honor all our soldiers. Capstone has a great selection of books that highlight all the sections of the military. Our newest set is called Military By the Numbers. The set can be purchased as four individual titles or as one large bind-up book. Check out the trailer for this exciting new set.
-Michelle Hasselius, Associate Editor