Discussing Veterans Day with children can be a difficult task.
However, there are ways to make it easier on parents. Resources such as videos and worksheets are great. This year, our family has had personal discussions about family and friends who have served in the armed forces to help understand.
Some facts to discuss with your children are:
- Veterans Day falls on the same day as Remembrance Day and Armistice Day in other countries.
- World War I formally ended on November 11th, at the 11th hour. It is also the 11th month.
- Originally, when known as Armistice Day, it was meant to honor those who died in World War I, but when it was amended in the early 1940s, it was changed to honor all the veterans who have served in the U.S. military.
- Veterans Day is sometimes confused with Memorial Day, however Memorial Day honors those who died while serving in the military and Veterans Day honors all those who have served in the U.S. military, alive and deceased.
- Raymond Weeks, a World War II veteran from Alabama, came up with the idea in 1945 to honor all veterans on November 11th, not just the ones who had lost their lives in World War I.