There are more than 21.2 million veterans living in America today. Collectively, they served our country during the last six wars: World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan.
There are also 611 U.S. military sites in 153 countries across the world. Some of these sites are bases where students and their families live, like the students featured in this video from PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs.
On Veteran’s Day, most Americans think of the men and women in uniform, but military life also has a huge effect on their children. To honor veterans and current members of the U.S. armed services, share this video with your class to demonstrate how living on a military base and their parents’ careers has affected their lives. This lesson plan includes an interactive timeline detailing the different wars veterans have fought in, as well as a short clip about Veterans Day from the History Channel that explains what the day is about and why we honor our veterans. WATCH: http://to.pbs.org/10PGQSA