- Making the family connection: Discuss: “ Why should we not forget those who fought for our freedom?”
- Materials: family learning journals/paper, pencils, colored pencils, and/or crayons. Remind them to open their journals to the next available page and date it. Don’t forget to have them label the top of the page with today’s learning topic/skill.
- Today’s literary connection: subject. Guided enquiry: Read the above story. Discuss Captain Freeman’s story.
- Discuss the difference between Memorial Day (in memory of those who have died in service or after discharge) and Veterans Day (those in service, as well as those who have served and are alive today).
- Discuss: “What does it mean to be a ‘Nation of Patriots?”
Additional Resources for extended learning:
Arlington National Cemetery
More than 260,000 people are buried at Arlington Cemetery. Veterans from all the nation’s wars are buried in the cemetery, from the American Revolution through the Persian Gulf War and Somalia. Pre-Civil War dead were reinterred after 1900.
American War Dead
The American Battle Monument Commission maintains this list honoring every American who has given their life in battle. Includes lists from the Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.
The Virtual Wall
All 58,196 names engraved with honor on the Vietnam Memorial. Includes biographic information and audio remembrances on a wonderful Web site. “…Never forget the names, the names, the names – for they hold the answer.”