Superintendent's Memo #274-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

October 2, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Commemoration of Veterans Day

In recognition of the contributions of individual members or units of the United States Armed Forces, the 2007 Virginia General Assembly passed House Bill 2601. The bill asks the Virginia Department of Education to make available to local school divisions information regarding the commemoration of Veterans Day in the public schools. The full text of House Bill 2601 may be found at http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?071+ful+HB2601ER.

Originally designated as Armistice Day, since 1954, November 11 has been a day to honor American veterans of all wars. Schools may determine what kind of educational programs are appropriate for their students. Among many options for celebrating Veterans Day would be to invite veterans to speak to classes.

Many informational resources pertaining to Veterans Day that may be useful in planning educational activities can be found at The United States Department of Veterans Affairs website at http://www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/index.asp/. Additional links to related pages can be found at http://www.noblenet.org/year/veterans.html.

If you need additional information about Veterans Day, please contact Beverly Thurston, coordinator, history, social sciences, and international education, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2893.

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