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Vietnam / Veterans Day Resources

  • All About the Holidays: Veterans Day
    Grades K-4

    How are you recognizing Veterans Day with your class? Offer students an overview of the history of this holiday honoring those who have served.
  • Ken Burns: Vietnam Collection
    Grades 9-13+

    Prompt students to explore what it was like to live during one of the most controversial wars in American history with the following educational collection based on the documentary, The Vietnam War from directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.
  • American Experience: Last Day in Vietnam
    Grades 9-12

    Help students explore the full breadth of the Vietnam War refugee experience with resources presenting the perspectives of people who lived through it.
  • Vietnam War Stories
    Grades 6-12

    What was it like to be a soldier, nurse or newsperson in the Vietnam War? Or a civilian back home? The "Vietnam War Stories" collection offers students a look at one of the most turbulent periods in American history from the perspective of those who were there.
  • Soldiers, Veterans and War: Vietnam
    Grades 6-12

    With the help of archival footage and personal, first-hand stories, offers students a deeper understanding of how the Vietnam War impacted day-to-day life for soldiers and others with the "Soldiers, Veterans & War in American Life" collection.
  • It Was My Duty to Serve: Latinos & Vietnam
    Grades 7-12

    More than 80,000 Latinos fought in the Vietnam War, and nearly half a million fought in WW II. Explore the reasons why so many Latinos have enlisted in the armed forces before, during, and after the Vietnam War with the following video + educator guide.
  • Vietnam: In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali
    Grades 6-12

    Muhammad Ali famously declared that if he was drafted, he wouldn't fight in the Vietnam War. Students learn the reasons behind the heavyweight champion's anti-draft stance in this excerpt from "In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali."
  • Facing It
    Grades 7-12

    The Vietnam Veterans Memorial evokes strong memories for many, including veteran and contemporary poet Yusef Komunyakaa. Help students examine his poem, "Facing It," which reveals what he feels when he experiences the wall.
  • Nixon Tries to Make Peace
    Grades 9-12

    Offer students a snapshot of what life was like for supporters and protesters during the Vietnam War with this video featuring President Nixon's efforts to communicate his justification of war in the days following the Kent State shootings.

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