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Where can I find Veterans Day quotes?

As a new teacher, I am looking for resources like Veterans Day poems, Veterans Day pictures, and Veterans Day quotes suitable to display on the bulletin board as models for students. Ideally these models will inspire students to create their own tributes to our veterans, which can be added to the display.

Mindee Nelson

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Kathy Robinson on November 7, 2018

Since your school must have some old material, this answer will focus on what’s new online.

Lots of websites offer Veterans Day quote, image, and clip art collections. While social media where you get to know the people are nice, and sources like Zazzle even let you buy printable goodies directly from disabled veterans or their families, I recommend reading veterans’ tips first. Check out https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/26448/thank-veteran-101/.

Though veterans are inspirational figures, effusive thanks from strangers can be awkward. Some veterans have to suppress ungracious suggestions about what people could do to show real gratitude, like better pay for low-ranking enlisted troops, or respite care for the families of permanently disabled veterans.

The typical Veterans Day poem of “words honoring our heroes” can be a harsh contrast to poems actually written by veterans, like https://www.blogs.va.gov/nvspse/national-veterans-creative-arts-festival.

Many Americans post Veterans Day picture collections on their blogs, on photo sites like Pinterest or Facebook, even as live videos on Youtube. Membership authorizing non-commercial use of images from Flickr, Morguefile, and Pixabay is free.

While some websites that offer Veterans Day readings are on the tacky side, with selections obviously made by computer, promotional pages that weren’t written in an English-speaking country, and questionable rights to the material they try to sell, if you get to know local veterans you’ll probably discover some artists whose work deserves celebration. You might discover musicians and storytellers as well as writers, painters, and sculptors.

If you have access to TV coverage of the centennial Veterans Day observation in Arlington, Virginia, on November 11, it will be worth sharing with students who are not already familiar with the wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Also worth sharing is Woodrow Wilson’s 1919 speech authorizing the Veterans Day holiday, available free at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Day.

 

Roger Moore7 months ago

Who are these students? What is the age range? If they are candidates for citizenship, they need to know the history of Veterans Day, Armistice Day, and what poor Mr. Wilson hoped would be the War to End All Wars. They should read the classic Veterans Day poem by John McCrae, which is found (linked to others) at http://www.greatwar.co.uk/poems/john-mccrae-in-flanders-fields.htm . It’s an occasion for veterans to gather and remember the friends they have outlived, but many choose not to do that.

If they are small children, then just watching the parades, flag waving and somebody’s Grandpa’s friends, is probably all they need to know about Veterans Day. A lot of that harsh contrast between Hallmark-type poems and images, and veterans’ poems and images, reflects this disparity. Veterans Day is solemn when adults think or talk about it among themselves. We try not to make it too heavy for little children.

Caleb Jenkins7 months ago

Exactly. For kindergarten, those happy Veterans Day pictures of soldiers on parade, grandpas and a few grandmas in caps, and flags waving everywhere, are appropriate. For high school students who may be considering military service or college students who may actually be veterans, suitable Veterans Day poems might need to be more solemn. A.E. Housman, or Wilfred Owen ( http://www.warpoetry.co.uk/owen1.html), or John Ciardi, wrote some good poems on this theme. Also, though none of the women represented here is considered a great poet, college students should visit http://userpages.aug.com/captbarb/poetry.html.


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