VETERANS DAY - MEMORIAL DAY
Veterans Day and Memorial Day activities afford schools and the
community an excellent opportunity to develop and produce a variety of
cooperative programs. Participation by various veterans and service
organizations can play a vital role in the projects suggested in this
guide. Use the information handout about Veterans Day and Memorial Day
and distribute to attendees at your program.
Depending on the facilities available, an indoor assembly program
can provide a most meaningful tribute to Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
The scope of such a program may be large enough to permit invitations to
the community at large. The following ceremony outline represents a
typical one-hour program:
Posting of Colors
As the audience enters to be seated, a school or community
musical organization may offer several appropriate selections. A
procession and posting of colors is always a stirring event. Local
veterans service organizations often participate in such programs with
their impressive array of banners and flags.
Selected verse by local clergy member.
Allegiance to the Flag and National Anthem
The program chairman, school principal or student body president
should invite the audience to stand and join in the Pledge of Allegiance
and singing of the National Anthem.
The tone for the program may be set by appropriate introductory
remarks lasting several minutes. The Mayor's Proclamation may be
A band or choral group should offer one of the more impressive
patriotic selections available. This affords an opportunity for the
musical organization to exhibit its talents in a most stirring and
Dignitaries selected as special guests may include local
government officials, school alumni with distinguished military service,
veterans from the community who represent different periods of service
and faculty members who are veterans.
Your principal speaker should be invited far enough in advance to
allow adequate preparation for your program.
Student Essay or
In school programs, student body participation may be underscored
by inclusion in the program of various presentations by individual
students. Selected essays from school-wide competition may be offered by
the student-author. The winner of the VFW Voice of Democracy Program or
the VFW Junior High Essay Program are excellent choices. A reading of a
well-known patriotic address by an American President or famous military
hero by a talented student can be effective. There are a number of
published musical/narratives which could add greatly to your program.
Moment of Silence
- Taps ( The
True Story of "Taps" )
While Veterans Day is typically a tribute to America's living
veterans and active military, Memorial Day is a time to remember our
fallen veteran. It is appropriate to include a moment of respect for
those who gave their lives for their country. A moment of silence is
appropriate at any point in the program. This may be followed by an
instrumental or vocal rendition of "Taps."
Accompanied by appropriate music, assembled colors should be
retired, following which the audience may file out.