Memorial Day is so much more than just a day to honor those who have served our country. We are grateful every day for the bravery and loyalty they have shown in the face of danger. Use this week as an opportunity to share with your students personal stories of service that will inspire them for years to come and truly engrave in their minds what it means to serve.
Start by breaking down D-Day with new PBS LearningMedia content from D-Day 360, a documentary premiering May 27, 2014 on PBS that commemorates the 70th Anniversary of D-Day (June 6, 2014). D-Day was at its time the most meticulously planned operation in military history. PBS LearningMedia not only has the full program available, but it is also broken down by chapters and video clips for easy use in the classroom. By understanding some of the sacrifices, bravery, statistical data and details surrounding the massive logistical effort of D-Day, you’ll bring to life the invasion of Normandy, France which led to the eventual liberation of Europe from the Nazis towards the end of World War II. The film uses raw data gathered through forensic laser scanning, 3D computer modeling and eye-witness accounts to shed new light on this important turning point in World War II. Your students will gain a new appreciation for veterans and the significance of Memorial Day. This resource is just in time for Memorial Day.