Help Children Understand Veterans Day


They have off from school. So what? Here are a few answers to Veterans Day questions and an inspiring activity to do with you little one.

Who is a Veteran?  Veterans are people who served in the military (U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) in times of war or peace.

Who do you know who is a veteran? Maybe it is your mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, grandfather, grandmother, cousin, neighbor, or teacher. You can be very proud of them. Many have given much to keep us safe and free.

Veterans Day Activity:



Materials Needed:   Small Table with an Empty Chair  

  White Table Cloth, Black Napkin

  Glass (turned over), White Candle

  Lemon Slice and Grains of Salt on a Plate

  One Place Setting: fork, spoon, and knife

  A Red Rose in a vase tied with a Red Ribbon


The table honors the men and women who served in America’s Armed Forces


“We cover a small table with a white cloth to honor a soldier’s pure heart when he answers his country’s call to duty.”


“We place a lemon slice and grains of salt on a plate to show a captive soldier’s bitter fate and tears of families waiting for loved ones to return.”


“We push an empty chair to the table for the missing soldiers who are not here.”


“We lay a black napkin for the sorrow of captivity, and turn over a glass for the meal that won’t be eaten.”


“We place a white candle for peace and finally, a red rose in a vase tied with a red ribbon for the hope that all our missing will return someday.”


"You are not forgotten so long as there is one left in whom your memory remains"



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