Veterans Day and The Veterans History Project: Teaching Resources From The Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has extensive materials for teachers and students to mark Veterans Day, beginning with The Veterans History Project, created in 2000 to honor American Veterans and preserve their personal accounts so that future generations may better understand the realities of their experiences. You and your students can help build the collection of stories of veterans and others who served in World War I, World War II, the Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars, and the Iraq-Afghanistan conflicts. Stories can be told through personal narratives (audio and video-taped interviews, written memoirs), correspondence (letters, postcards, v-mail and personal diaries) and visual materials (photographs, drawings, scrapbooks).  Click on this interesting blog that provides additional links to excellent primary sources for ready use in your Veterans Day lessons. 


The primary source sets, War and the Home Front, provide collections of primary source documents, photographs, audio and visual recordings of America’s veterans.  The first set focuses on the Spanish American War to Vietnam. The second collection documents the obstacles and struggles for participation thatmen and women of color have had to overcome in order to participate fully in the American military.