We read the comments made in a recent article about Memorial Day that stated that children today do not know a lot about World War II.
We are proud to share that our fifth-grade students do an entire unit on conflict during which much time is spent on both World War I and World War II.
Timelines are created, maps of Europe are studied, and propaganda posters are made featuring American icons, including Rosie the Riveter. All of our 170 students visit the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Pooler, Ga. At the museum, students learn about the causes and the events leading up to the war and the role of the 8th Air Force in defeating Nazi Germany. Emphasis is put on the sacrifice made by civilians on the home front, which played a major role in helping the Allies win.
We invite veterans of all wars to come to school during our unit of study to share their firsthand experiences. Veterans truly are living history. We thank them for their service to our country.
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Hilton Head Island Elementary School
Editor's note: This letter was signed by Mary Baker, Jennie D'Angelo, Jean Eisele, Lindsey Jordan, Denise Polites, Kit Seelbach, Cynda Schuttera and Leanne Hoiles.