US Nanny Institute on November 9, 2020
Parents and Nannies can help children understand the meaning behind the Veteran’s Day holiday and celebrate this tradition with music, crafts and storytelling. Every year, Veteran’s Day is celebrated in the United States on November 11th.
Historically, Veteran’s Day was called Armistice Day or the day World War I ended which was November 11, 1918 at 11:00 am. In the United States, Veterans’ Day has broadened from celebrating the end of WWI to honor all those who have served our country in the military in war or peace. While celebrating past and present service members, living veterans are often the focus of parades and services. Veteran’s Day offers the opportunity for parents, nannies and children to thank our military service personnel for their service and sacrifices. For nannies and children who do not attend an event, a moment of silence may be observed at 11:00am to acknowledge and respect those who have served.
With several military holidays, children may ask, what is the difference between Veteran’s Day, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day? Veteran’s Day (November 11) honors all who have served with a focus on living veterans. Armed Forces Day (the third Saturday in May) honors those men and women who are currently serving in the US military in the Army, Air Force, Space Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard. Memorial Day (the last Monday in May) honors those who died while in service to our country. Memorial Day is sometimes referred to as Decoration Day as many visit veteran’s graves and place flowers, flags, and wreaths on the graves of the fallen.
A version of Veteran’s or Armistice Day is celebrated globally, with local influences and traditions. Over 100 years after the end of WWI, millions of people in the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Australia, and New Zealand commemorate the anniversary of the 1918 Armistice. They often wear a red poppy to mark the occasion. The poppy became the symbol of remembrance after a brigade surgeon noticed poppies growing on a ravaged battlefield which inspired him to write a poem. “In Flanders Field” channels the voices of the fallen soldiers and begins with the words, “In Flanders Field”, the poppies blow, Between the crosses, row on row”. Americans do not typically wear poppies on November 11. Instead, we wear the symbolic red flower on Memorial Day.
Veteran’s Day Celebration Ideas
- Share a story about a veteran with the kids. There are great websites including the National Aire and Space Museum Wall of Honor where you can find stories about US servicemen and women.
- Read the poem, “In Flanders Field” and discuss what it represents.
- Listen to patriotic music and talk about the lyrics to songs such as “Freedom Song” by the Air Force Band
- Use arts and crafts time to make a card for an active military service member and mail it to Support Our Troops
It is important to listen to children as they share their ideas and what it means to be a Veteran. While they may be young, many children have high emotional intelligence and understand that military service should be respected and honored. Nannies can learn more about teaching children social skills which is a class in the Specialist Childcare Certification program.
The US Nanny Institute provides online childcare classes with certification programs based on a curriculum specifically designed to advance the skills of Nannies and Sitters. The Nanny Institute has over 30 college faculty with a passion for education and childcare, bringing them together to help childcare providers gain practical skills and qualifications that benefit their careers and the children in their care.
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