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Week of November 8, 2015
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What was the purpose of Higgins Boats?
To carry troops from ships to open beaches
To spy on enemy ships
To deliver food supplies to ships

How did the Warrior Canine Connection get started?
Licensed social worker Rick Yount created it.
Famous dog trainer Jane Smith created it.
Licensed psychologist, Erin Bow created it.

Where was Arthur Eck when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor?
At school
In the forest hunting rabbits
Working on the family farm

World War II

CrewThe National WWII Museum in New Orleans, national
ww2museum.org/learn/
education/for-students/ww2
-history
, looks at what life was like for the 100 million soldiers and their families in World War II. Families at home had to conserve food, gasoline and other resources. Take a Closer Look at Rationing – can you imagine doing without those items? Old Yearbooks provide insight into the nation’s views during the war years. Check out Research Starters for ideas for your next project. Make a Propaganda Poster in Kid’s Corner.

Play Turtle Dash
Turtle Dash

Warriors Training Dogs

Service DogWarrior Canine Connection, warriorcanineconnection.org, helps veterans heal and reconnect with family and community when they return home from military service. After the stress of a deployment, it’s often difficult to reintegrate into civilian life. Soldiers who enter this program train dogs to serve disabled veterans. The program helps the veteran, who is training the dog, to heal, as well as giving him or her a chance to do what they value: helping others. What breeds are chosen for this program? Learn more in Our Service Dogs.


War Stories

SoldierExperiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project, loc.gov/vets/stories/
ex-war-endofwwii.html
, is a collection of interviews, photos and other materials gathered from veterans of World War II. Meet Violet Clara Thurn Cowden, a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) during the war, who was not recognized as a veteran until 1977. Watch the interview with Merle Korte, who served in the Navy and shares more than 100 photographs of his experiences. The memoir of Arthur Eck entitled “The Cost of Freedom” is a detailed account of his experiences as a soldier, his capture by the Germans and his life after war.

Speak Out

Do you have any relatives who are war veterans?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Why does the United States celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11? — James T., Scottsdale, Arizona

Dear James: This is such a great question as we observe the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Originally, an armistice declaration was issued when World War I hostilities ceased at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918. The next year, President Woodrow Wilson declared that this day, Armistice Day, would be set aside to honor veterans of the war that had been called the “war to end all wars.”

In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower changed the name to Veterans Day to honor veterans of all wars. Read about it at History of Veterans Day, va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp.

There are many ways you and your family can honor veterans. You can visit a local retirement home, listen to their stories and thank them for their service. You could also send a letter expressing gratitude at A Million Thanks, amillionthanks.org/send_a_letter.php. Another idea is to foster a soldier’s pet during deployment. For more ideas, visit 100 Ways to Honor a Veteran, nowurthinking.com/100-ways-to-honor-a-veteran.

—Amy

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