- Plan to visit a local veteran hospital.
- Plan a commemorative ceremony in your school, church or community organization. Use background information found in this packet, including the poems, and introduce personal stories of local veterans.
- Plan to take a moment of silence at work or in school to remember past veterans and to “thank” veterans currently serving.
- If you know a friend or family member who has served, send them a card or give them a call, letting them know how much you appreciate their serving.
- Send a letter or package to military personnel who are currently servicing. Let them know how extraordinary you think they are.
Ideas for the Classroom
- Identify past and current international events that have resulted in the death of servicemen and women.
- Identify how we remember those who have given their lives in service to our country.
- Discuss and debate who should be remembered during observation events, such as Veterans Day, and the relative importance of giving remembrance.
- Consider how the loss of loved ones impacts on friends, families and colleagues.
- Discuss how governments have a duty of care to their citizens and to remember those members of the Armed Forces who have died.
- Discuss the implications of a life without personal freedom and social justice.
- Demonstrate an ability to participate in a well-argued debate and to carefully consider and respond to opposing viewpoints regarding war, and maintaining peace.
- Research and present international conflicts in which the global community is currently involved.
- Find out how military personnel can work to establish peace in various parts of the world.
- Fully understand the hardships experienced by military personnel captured during various conflicts. Know that this has happened during current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.