Closer Readings Commentary

15 Resources for Veterans Day

On November 11, 1918, the Great War came to an official end with the signing of the armistice between the Allied forces (Great Britain, France and the United States) and Germany.  One year later President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day to honor the soldiers who died fighting for their country in that war.

In 1938, just before the start of the Second World War, Armistice Day became a federal holiday. After the end of that war in 1945,  there was a movement to expand the holiday’s purpose to honor veterans including those who fought in Korea, and on June 1, 1954 Armistice Day officially became Veterans Day with the intention of honoring veterans of all America’s wars.

We thought to bring together some of the relevant EDSITEment war lessons and NEH funded veterans projects, many with video, to support  teachers this coming week, and throughout the year, to help students discover the historical context of the sacrifices commemorated on this day.

Note: W=website; L=lesson; V= video

The Civil War

The Civil War (V)

Death and the Civil War (V)

Gettysburg Address (1863)—Defining the American Union (L)

Homer's Civil War Veteran: Battlefield to Wheat Field (L)

The Massachusetts 54th Regiment: Honoring the Heroes (L)

First World War

African-American Soldiers After World War I: Had Race Relations Changed? (L)

African-American Soldiers in World War I: The 92nd and 93rd Divisions (L)

Poetry of the Great War: 'From Darkness to Light'? (L)

World War One and American Art (W)

Second World War

Latino Americans War and Peace (V)

No Job for a Woman (V)

The War (V)

Women Aviators in World War II: "Fly Girls" (L)

Vietnam War

Vietnam: A Televison History (W)

Afghanistan War

Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home (V)