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Veterans Day Observance


English Language Arts (2005), Social Studies, Career Development and Occupational Studies, English Language Arts (NYS P-12 Common Core), Social Studies (NYS K-12 Framework Common Core), Literacy in History/Social Studies (NYS 5-12 Common Core)

Grade Levels

Intermediate, 7th Grade, 8th Grade


  • Teacher evaluates written letters.
  • Teacher evaluates research.


Robert T. Lammly, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Middle School


1–2 weeks



  • Students will gain an awareness of various employment opportunities at a hospital.
  • Students will become aware of the importance of veterans.
  • Students write letters to local veterans' medical facilities, inviting them to send representatives to their class.
  • Teacher works with hospital staff to ensure that representatives from various departments visit the class.
  • Medical center representatives provide information on employment opportunities and educational requirements.
  • Students write to patients at the veterans' hospital to invite them to speak to the class.
  • Invited veterans give oral presentations on military experiences and government programs for veterans.
  • Hold a social following the assembly.
  • Students conduct additional research on services or lack of services for veterans.
  • Students write thank-you notes to visitors.
  • Students write letters about veterans' concerns to local, state, and national political leaders.


  • Research resources
  • Transportation
  • Refreshments for visit from veterans


  • Students may visit the veterans' facility instead of inviting speakers to come to school.
  • Students can continue a dialogue with the veterans.
  • If no veterans' facilities are in the area, contact a local VFW chapter.
  • This activity can be done around Veterans Day.


Lammly, Robert. “Veterans Day Observance.” In Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Resource Guide with Core Curriculum. New York State Department of Education, 128.

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