For the past couple of years, my team and I have included in our Veteran's Day observances a reading of America's White Table by Margot Theis Raven.
My students enjoy the story and many can relate to an uncle or other relative who honored our country with their service. The personal connections my students make to it are strong, and I really believe that it makes the meaning of the day stronger for them.
After reading the story, we take our 3rd graders to the cafeteria and set a table on the 10th so that is set up for the 11th. If you don't know the story of this military tradition, then this story is a must-read for you.
We are lucky to live in our country and to have so many brave men and women who have protected us in the past and present. Thank you to all of the veterans out there. Words can not express how much we appreciate all that you have done for our country.