Veteran’s Day, also known as Armistice Day, has been observed annually on November 11th for almost a century. The first Veteran’s Day in 1919 marked the first anniversary of the 1918 armistice, which ended all hostilities in World War I. Veteran’s Day is a holiday to remember and honor all those who risked and, in many cases, gave their lives to serve their country.
In honor of the countless and sometimes nameless individuals who fought during American wartimes, take advantage of HSP’s resources to gift yourself and students with a powerful history lesson this Veteran’s Day!
HSP houses countless documents from American wartimes that shed light on how veterans have paved the way for our nation. These include military enlistment records, death lists, newspaper articles and clippings, wartime diaries, letters, enlistment pamphlets, even cook books and photographs that all tell of individuals and livelihoods of America’s historic soldiers. Click the links to give you an idea of what the HSP archives have to offer for our veterans’ histories.
To do your own research, please take advantage of our digital library, subject guides and online catalog to find items and online resources directly related to your curriculum. Interested in veterans that served during a specific war? Look to our subject guide for military records to lookup events, individuals and regimens of various wartimes.
HSP’s online digital history project, Preserving American Freedom, can invigorate your Veteran's Day lesson plans too. This material will help students come to understand the complicated forging of freedom that veterans have fought for domestically and on a global stage since the American Revolution to the present day.
For this Veteran’s Day, dive into some history for a few of this nation’s most memorable and solemnly proud moments. Visit the Veterans Affairs website, and see what you can personally do to say “thank you” today to the soldiers and veterans that have served for the sake of our America. And check out its history of Veteran’s Day at http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp
On November 19th come see a document display about how we have commemorated the Civil War from the Gettysburg Address to the 50th Veteran's Reunion.