Today, we honor Veterans. The Department of Defense probably says it best when they define Veterans Day as “honoring all of those who have served the country in war or peace — dead or alive — although it’s largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices.”
A quick primer on the history of Veterans Day comes by way of Military.com: “This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country’s service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to “Veterans Day” in order to account for all veterans in all wars.”
Wondering how to explain this special day to kids? Here are some YouTube videos that do a superb job, be it relaying the role veterans have played in our world to the history behind the day of observation.
On our part, Parentology would like to thank Zen, Keith and Ian, the beloved veterans in our offices.
Now on with the videos.
Here, 2nd Lt. Tammy Hinkston breaks things down for Sesame Street:
This PBS video breaks down Veterans Day facts and history in an easily understandable way:
And though the video doesn’t specify veterans, this Kid President interview with Tom Hanks totally nails what makes a hero. Oh, and there’s some great Whip, Nene and spitball footage to boot.
Explaining Veterans Day to Kids: Sources
Department of Defense: 5 Facts about Veterans Day
YouTube: Hinskton’s Veterans Day Greeting with Sesame Street
YouTube: Kid President Talks to Tom Hanks about Heroes!