October 13, 2011
Veterans Day, November 11, is a great opportunity to teach students about the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. To help educators make the most of this opportunity, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Veterans Day National Committee provide a teacher's resource guide with suggested activities for students of all ages. The guide may be viewed and downloaded from the Veterans Day Web site at http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/.
In addition to the teacher's guide, VA and the Veterans Day National Committee produce and distribute a Veterans Day poster to increase awareness of Veterans Day and the sacrifices Veterans have made to secure and defend our nation. The poster is distributed to VA facilities, military installations, federal agencies, state veterans offices, veteran's nursing homes, and other locations.
The 2011 Veterans Day poster was designed by John Magine, a Vietnam Veteran and visual information specialist at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. It is the second time his artwork has been featured on the national poster – his previous design appeared in 2008. "It was a great honor to have my work selected again as this year's winning poster design," said Magine. I attempted to create a design that reflected not only the unique year, month and day of the 2011 celebration, but the National pride, courage and sacrifice our Veterans represent: the guardians of our freedom and liberty."
To download a print-quality version of the 2011 Veterans Day poster, visit: http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/gallery.asp
Sean P Eagan
Former Chairman American Cold War Veterans