Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day! It is a significant day and one that can’t pass us by without our taking the time to thank those who have served our amazing country!
I have had the good fortune of knowing many veterans. Friends, husbands of friends, and my step-dad are veterans. They have served in Vietnam, Desert Storm, and the Iraq War. While I know their stories can be hard, I love listening. I am grateful, thankful, and indebted to each of them for their service to our country. We have freedoms because they are so brave.
Over the last few years, my children have been interviewing my step-dad for a variety of school-related reasons. As a teacher that wants to share as much relevant and valid information with my students as possible, I asked if he would mind if I took the time to ask him some questions and hear his stories as a retired member of the military. I knew some things, but wanted to hear more…
He did fight in the Vietnam War, which was a war that was highly controversial in our U.S history. While the war was fought from 1959-1975, his tours took place during 1966 and 1967, respectfully. Many veterans from this war struggle with both physical and psychological scars. While I knew my step-dad was a Vietnam veteran, I never took the time to ask him questions about his experiences in the military. I knew he flew helicopters, but that was about all of the insight I had. I am glad I sat down to talk to him about his experience. He even shared that in the 48 years that have passed, no one has asked him the questions I did, and he was grateful I asked them. I have to say that I am too! He is an inspiration. Hearing his story reminds me of why it is so essential that we take the time to thank our veterans for their selfless service and celebrate them every chance we get. We owe our freedom to their relentless bravery and sacrifice. Thank you, Pappa, and each and every one of the veterans that has proudly served our country! We are most grateful and we love you!
I created this reader’s theater and reading literature toolkit because I wanted my students to know the significance of Veteran’s Day and why it is imperative we show gratitude toward those who serve our country!
If you want to share his story and engage your students with a high-interest Veteran’s Day reader’s theater toolkit, this is the perfect resource to share. Thank you, Veterans! We salute you!