Honor for our Veterans – Thank you for your service!
Honor for Our Veterans- I will never forget one of my first teaching interview questions, “How will you instill a sense of patriotism in your students?” That question has really stayed with me for my entire career. Each year, I continue to try to help my students understand what being a patriot is, which is a person who loves our country so much they are willing to sacrifice for our freedoms. And, how lucky are we to be free to do so many things?!
History of Veterans Day
This year, I shared this video with my students:
The History of Veterans Day posted by ABC News
This short video let us talk quickly about why we had a day off from school.
I also shared a story I heard about a mother who was so proud of her young daughter. The news report (which I can’t find now) shared that since the girl learned what the “Veteran baseball cap” meant, she took it upon herself to go up to the men and women to shake their hands and say thank you for their service. It’s been several years now and the mother has watched as her daughter’s appreciation for our veterans has grown. The daughter now makes her own “Thank you for your service” pins and carries them around in her pocket at all times so she can give one to the veterans she meets. The mother shared that all veterans are happy to be greeted, especially the Vietnam Veterans.
I think our students should hear more real life stories, Living Histories, so they can understand the sacrifices that people make for our country.
Sioux Code Talkers
The day after Veteran’s Day, I was notified that Prairie Edge in Rapid City honored our Sioux Code Talkers and wrote a wonderful review of Sioux Code Talkers of World War II. I’m so glad the Code Talkers’ honorable service if finally being recognized by many people. Thank you for your generosity, Prairie Edge!
Related Post: Additional News about the Sioux Code Talkers
SIOUX CODE TALKERS OF WORLD WAR II
by Andrea M. Page (Pelican Publishing Company 2017)
Order on your copy now!
Pelican’s website click here.
Read the Kirkus Review here.
School Library Journal Review
Gr 7 Up—This well-documented title vividly brings to life the story of John Bear King and other Sioux code talkers during World War II. What makes this nonfiction text unique is the painstaking detail the author, the great-niece of King, took to research actual coded messages in military archives and transcribe them into the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota languages….The book is engaging from start to finish, with a well-written text that is enhanced by period photographs and reproductions of significant documents. VERDICT A valuable work for teens studying code talkers and American Indian contributions to the U.S. victory in the Pacific theater.—Naomi Caldwell, Alabama State University, Montgomery
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