The video here is done by a very precocious young man who has become somewhat of an internet personality for his innocent, yet well prepared presentations on historical matters. In this case, he is giving a short history of why we celebrate Veterans Day here in America.
This is something that could be used by parents to help their younger children to understand what it means to be a veteran. The lesson is given without guile and with simple clarity. It a fine little introduction into this very important element of our American history.
As we all know, it is important for all of us to be familiar with all aspects of our history in order to continue the dream of freedom and democracy that began 244 years ago with the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the beginnings of the American Revolution.
“It was called Armistice Day every year until 1954, when US President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed it from Armistice Day to Veterans Day because he wanted to honor all service members, past and present,” this video explains. “That is why we celebrate Veterans day, to honor all service members who have served our country to defend our freedom.”
That freedom and democracy was gained by the soldiers, sailors and Marines who fought, sacrificed and died in the American Revolution, our War for Independence, and that freedom and democracy has been maintained in the face of those who have attempted to deny, defeat, or destroy it, by countless veterans who selflessly gave of themselves in the uniforms of our armed forces over these nearly two and a half centuries.
Use this really cute video as a means to start a conversation with your children on the meaning, value and purpose of service to the nation.
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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.