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[graphic] Commemorate Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Day, the National Register of Historic Places encourages Americans to seek solace and inspiration from the Nation's parks, monuments and memorials, many of which are premiere listings in the National Register of Historic Places. We are pleased to commemorate Veterans Day by showcasing historic places listed in the National Register, National Register publications, National Park units, and links to related websites that recognize and pay tribute to America's veterans.

[graphic] Featured Historic Place


[Photo]Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri
Photograph courtesy of Cookiecaper, through Wikimedia.org

Liberty Memorial,
Kansas City, Missouri
Liberty memorial was designated the National World War One Museum of the United States. Read the story of the building of this memorial to honor those who sacrificed their lives during World War I and a remembrance of those who survived.

[graphic] Publications


Teaching With Historic Places
Lesson plans that focus on American veterans, war memorials, and modern armed forces of the United States:

 



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Travel Itineraries
The Discover our Shared Heritage series highlights many properties that reflect the impact veterans have made in American history.

World War II in the San Francisco Bay Area
World War II dominated the social, economic and political landscapes of the mid-20th century, setting in motion momentous events that still shape the world we live in today. The communities that ring the San Francisco Bay were irrevocably altered by that wartime era and still bear its visible marks in the remains of military bases and coastal defense fortifications, ships and shipbuilding facilities, worker housing and day-care facilities. This travel itinerary highlights 31 historic places that reflect the San Francisco Bay Area's role in the "Arsenal of Democracy."

Indianapolis, Indiana
This itinerary features historic properties in Indianapolis, including the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza Historic District. This beautiful plaza The plaza comprises six aligned square city blocks of monumental public architecture and landscape architecture, united into a cohesive whole.

Journey Through Hallowed Ground: Route 15 in Virginia's Piedmont
This itinerary features historic places in a scenic and historically rich landscape that has "soaked up more of the blood, sweat, and tears of American history than any other part of the country," according to the late historian C. Vann Woodward. Sites in this itinerary include Manassas National Battlefield Park, site of the opening engagement of the Civil War, the home of Confederate Lieutenant General Ambrose Powell Hill, Ball's Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery, Culpeper National Cemetery, and the home of General George C. Marshall, Army chief of staff during World War II.

Kingston, New York
During the American Revolution, the small town of Kingston, New York, twice appeared as a key location in numerous historical accounts; once as the meeting point for New York politicians, and once as the focal point of British retaliation.

Washington, DC
No other city pays as grand a tribute to America's veterans as does our nation's capital. Historic sites such as the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington Memorial and House, the Marine Barracks, and the Woodrow Wilson House, remind us of the dedication of American soldiers throughout our history.

[graphic] History in the Parks

Featured Park: The Minute Man National Historical Park, located in Concord, MA, commemorates the day when British regulars clashed with colonial militia and minute men on April 19, 1775. The fighting that began that day soon grew into a war for independence that lasted more than eight years. Many years later, Ralph Waldo Emerson used the phrase "the shot heard round the world" to describe the significance of this event.

[graphic] Related Links

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
A worldwide resource that provides information on VA programs, veterans benefits, VA facilities worldwide, and VA medical automation software.

American Legion
The world's largest veterans organization was chartered by Congress in 1919 is a community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members.

Veterans of Foreign Wars
The Veterans of Foreign Wars has been a voice for our nation's veterans for more than a century and is the nation's oldest major veteran's organization.

World War II Veterans
Vietnam Veterans of America
Korean War Veterans Association

Branches of the United States Military:

US Air Force Museum
The oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world, the Air Force Museum presents the exciting story of aviation development from the days of the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk to the Space Age.

US Army Center of Military History
This office records the official history of the Army in both peace and war, while advising the Army Staff on relevant historical matters. See also the specific US Army Women's Museum.

US Coast Guard Historian's Office
The historian's website offers a host of information on Coast Guard history, the Coast Guard Museum, historic documents, publications, and a section just for kids.

US Marine Corps Historical Center
Learn more about the history of the Marines.

US Naval Historical Center
The official history program of the Department of the Navy includes a museum, art gallery, research library, archives, and curator as well as research and writing programs.

National D-Day Memorial Foundation
National memorial in Bedford, Virginia, to the Allied Forces involved in the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944.

The Paralyzed Veterans of America
This congressionally chartered organization founded in 1946 has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of their members.

Disabled American Veterans
Formed in 1920 and chartered by Congress in 1932, the million-member DAV is the official voice of America's service-connected disabled veterans--representing all of 2.1 million disabled America veterans, their families and survivors.

National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program
Promotes the preservation of significant historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil.

National Museum of American Jewish Military History
This museum, run by the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, documents, preserves and educates the public about the contributions of Jewish Americans to the peace and freedom of the United States.

American Indian Participation in the US Military
American Indians have participated with distinction in United States military actions for more than 200 years. The Navy highlights their involvement online in: 20th Century Warriors: Native American Participation in the United States Military.

Military Woman
Professional organization for women in the military service and female veterans.

Best of the Web: Military Veterans:
A helpful resource for vets seeking support and information on the Internet.


Note: Image from NR Home page, Navy bugler sounds "Taps," courtesy of The Official Web Site of the Arlington National Cemetery.

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