For many, Veterans Day is an time to rest or take a vacation. However, the team at Educents believes Veterans Day is a time to recognize and honor people in our community who risk their lives to protect our freedoms. Veterans really deserve a thank you! Here’s how to talk to kids about Veterans Day.

Answers to your Kids’ Questions about Veterans Day

Q: What is a veteran?
A: Veterans are people who have served in any branch of the military – Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy.
Q: Why do we celebrate Veterans Day?
A: It was originally a national holiday to honor the veterans of World War I. The holiday is now an day to recognize all veterans’ dedication in protecting our citizens’ freedoms.

Q: When was the first Veterans Day?
A: The first Veterans Day was celebrated on November 11, 1919 – one year after World War I ended.
Q: Is it Veteran’s Day, Veterans Day, or Veterans’ Day?
A: Veterans Day. It’s a day to honor multiple veterans, but the day doesn’t belong to veterans.Soldier reunited with her daughter

Q: Do kids go to school on Veterans Day?
A: Some schools close on Veterans Day and some stay open. There is no legal requirements around Veterans Day at public schools.
Q: What’s the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?
A: Veterans Day honors all of the living people who have served in the military. Memorial Day honors all the people who died in the service of our country.


Facts About Veterans Day

– World Word I ended in 1918 on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918. That’s why Veterans Day is celebrated on 11/11.
– In 1945, the United States made Veterans Day an annual holiday to honor all living veterans.
– There are 21.8 million veterans in the United States.
– Since 2001, more than 2 million American children have had a parent deployed at least once.
– About 1.4 million U.S. children have a parent currently in the military.
– California is the home to the most Veterans in the United States.

Educational Activities for Veterans Day

Looking for activities to use at home or in the classroom? We have plenty of worksheets that incorporate writing, math and war research to help you weave Veterans Day themes into your curriculum.

Free Veterans Day Activity Package – In these 12 pages, kids ages 5 to 9 will learn about Veterans Day and complete a puzzle about the freedoms our veterans have protected.  
Veterans Day Social Studies Unit – Compare Veterans Day and Memorial Day – two very important US holidays that should not be mixed up.  
Veterans Day Unit – Kids ages 9 to 11 can complete math, writing, and reading exercises about the Armed Forces. Games and craftivities included!
Veterans Day Word Search – Take the time to review some of the facts you’ve learned about Veterans Day by completing this word search game – fun for all ages!
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