Veterans Day Founding History and Character Traits Education

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Graphic of the lead banner (12′ x 3′) at the Veterans Day Parade hosted in Birmingham since 1947 donated by Patriotism In Action thanks to a grant from the Mike and Gillian Goodrich Foundation. Grandchildren of Founder Raymond Weeks carried the banner the first year, with great-grandchildren walking with them.

Mission

To provide resources for teachers, journalists, historians, and speakers to educate leaders and students on who, where, and why National Veterans Day started.

Vision

We improve from 1% of US citizens knowing Veterans Day was born in Birmingham so all Americans who attend school learn this inspiring national history.

Strategy

  • Add the missing content on “who and where” to lesson plans so teachers will know and be able to teach this history and character education that affects character traits development.
  • Sponsor web and social media pages for national communications and impact.
  • Help veteran organizations inform local members and national leaders of this national history.
  • Help event planners with meaningful marketing of historic reasons for selecting Alabama sites such as Birthplace of Veterans Day, Cradle of Civil Rights, Freedom of Liberty and Rights Education, Public and Community Education on Patriotism, Freedom, Character Traits….
  • Teach and speak at events offering information and inspiration for educators and other leaders.
The American Village hosted two conferences for teachers July 2017, and Life Leaders gladly accepted to serve this group. Dr. David Dyson presented about Veterans Day Founding History,  Character Traits, and National Branding with added incentives for student development and state strategy for branding Freedoms: Liberty, Rights, Flourish. Teachers represented schools from Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Photo by The American Village.

PowerPoint slides given to teachers at The American Village, updated here:

This is a resource for teachers, speakers, event planners, and others who want to inform and inspire on this national history and character traits. Sample assignments and discussion topics are included at the end. Please use this page for each presentation so you can use the latest version.

You can use the Life Leaders handout summarizing history and character traits for Veterans Day in Alabama is useful for teachers, speakers, and event planners (1 sheet, 2 pages, PDF).

Popular Resources we provide for your use:

 


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Telegram of General Eisenhower

PIA Cover Feb 7 2013 low resBirmingham and Alabama hosted the first national Veterans Day observance in 1947 and has been a model for the nation. We share highlights about traditional and special events to tell more of the story and offer ideas to Veterans Day organizers throughout America [excerpt from Patriotism in Action]. This seems to be the only book telling how Veterans Day started including where and who was leading. Read copies online, donate to schools and veteran halls, or purchase copies here.

Some of the Excerpts from Patriotism in Action Book you can read and print for Handouts:

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11 x 14″ poster with photos of Eisenhower 1946, Reagan 1982, synopsis of the national history, 10 character traits–for use in classrooms, city halls, and tourism centers. View full-sized poster (PDF)

Posters are displayed in many schools, city halls, and veterans chapters by patriots reminding members and guests Veterans Day started here, significance to students, and why we lead.

5 character traits supported by this history adopted by Alabama and some other states:

  1. Patriotism
  2. Courage 
  3. Perseverance
  4. Loyalty
  5. Citizenship

5 more character traits/values we recommend:

  1. Freedom
  2. Peace
  3. Honor
  4. Trust 
  5. Leadership

One page lessons on each in the book Patriotism in Action.

Patriotism in Action receives an “Above and Beyond Award for Outstanding Service and Patriotism” from Tom Walker, founder of The American Village. Photo: The American Village.

The American Village honored our Veterans Day Founding History Education started by our Patriotism in Action team with the “Above and Beyond Award” presented to Stretch Dunn (Joan Dunn accepting), co-founder, Patriotism in Action; Bob and Nancy Barefield, chair, Patriotism in Action; and David Dyson, founder. Also honored: Raymond Weeks (Scott Parker, grandson, accepting), founder, Veterans Day; and National Veterans Day (Mark Ryan, president, accepting). You can download the Life Leaders handout (PDF) summarizing history and character traits for Veterans Day in Alabama, which is useful for teachers, speakers, and event planners.


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Draft program read “National Veterans Day 1947” presented by Weeks to Eisenhower a year early at The Pentagon

 


 A case of misinformation, confusion, and hurt feelings for students that happened to the Weeks Family…with a happy ending

These photos were taken at a Hoover school event for fourth graders that happened after the teacher of the girls sent home a lesson plan she found on the Internet that Veterans Day started in Kansas in 1953 (7 years after the great-grandfather of two of the students presented the first Veterans Day in 1947 in Birmingham). The 10-year-old twins and great-grandchildren of the Founder Raymond Weeks were confused and embarrassed because they had been taught and told classmates of their great-grandfather starting Veterans Day. Grandmother (Barbara Weeks Minor) was understandably upset this teaching could occur at an Alabama school and called for help. Continue Reading…


Left: The Veterans Shrine at the American village features some of our research and publications, providing another vital way to educate about who and where America’s Veterans Day started. Right: The U.S. Senate approved the official role of Alabama and Raymond Weeks for starting America’s Veterans Day through a Resolution (PDF) signed in 2012.

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Handout and Program Page for Veterans Day Banquet (Click to enlarge or print PDF)

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Handout and Program Page for World Peace Luncheon (Click to enlarge or print PDF)

Presentations available for events and ongoing programs can adapt to include this content:

  • Launch of America’s Veterans Day led by Weeks & Alabama 1945-54
  • President Eisenhower’s approval, telegram, and leadership 1946-54
  • President Reagan honoring Weeks as the “driving force” 1982 (White House video)
  • 10 Character Traits to Teach for Veterans Day, Rights, and Freedom (5 mandated in Alabama)
  • Campaign to restore Alabama’s legacy as “driving force” for Veterans Day with US Resolution 2012
  • Resources teachers in the USA can use to teach Veterans Day History and Character Traits
  • Case for teaching why and where Veterans Day started to students in U.S. schools
  • Freedom of Liberty and Rights provides Freedom to Flourish–why and what can we do
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Birmingham Public Library article about Veterans Day “Born in Birmingham”