The following Veterans Day play was written by Ms. Maggi Call, a Title 1 teacher at Dunleith Elementary School, Marietta City Schools, Marietta, Georgia.
Veterans Day Play
Introduction: The following is a presentation set in a school media center
where fifth grade students have been sent to do a research project on
veterans and the Veterans Day holiday.
Setting: Table in
Student 1: Hey, did you bring your markers and paper?
Student 2: Yes. I have everything we'll need for our pictures and drawings.
Student 1: What are we going to draw?
2: Silly! You know we're here to research veterans and the Veterans Day
Student 3: How do I draw a veteran? I don't even know what it is.
Student 4: A veteran is a "who" and not a "what." You'd better start by going to the dictionary and looking up the definition of a "veteran."
Student 3: What do you mean a veteran is a who?
Student 1: Go look it up! We can use the definition in our project!
Student 3: Is a veteran a person?
Student 2: Go look it up in the dictionary!
3: All right! All right! (Student 3 pages through dictionary.) Here it is, "A veteran
is a person who has served in the armed forces, an experienced soldier, especially one who
served in time of war." And, "Veterans Day is a legal holiday in the
Student 1: See, a veteran isn't a "what," it's a person who died for our country. They're the ones that get flags put on their graves on holidays.
Student 4: No! No! No! A veteran isn't always someone who died in a war, or who even fought in a war at all.
Student 3: She's right. A veteran is a man who has served in the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, or Air Force.
Student 4: Well, you're half right.
Student 2: What do you mean I'm "half right"?
Student 4: Well, women can be veterans too. Many women have served our country in the armed forces in times of peace and in times of war. Women can be veterans too.
Student 3: You mean a veteran doesn't have to have been in a war?
Student 1: No. Just having been in the armed forces makes a person a veteran.
Student 2: Wow! Veterans are really special people aren't they? I mean, if a person is in the armed forces and we have a war then they have to go. Right?
Student 4: No, not really. Veterans are people who have already served, but are no longer in the armed forces of our country. My grandfather is a veteran. He was in the Korean War, and my uncle Jake is a veteran too because he was in the Navy.
Student 3: You know, veterans really are special people and they deserve to be honored with a holiday.
Student 1: There are a lot of patriotic songs that honor veterans and our country. Maybe we could include a song with our project.
Student 2: I think there's a song book over here that has all the words to patriotic songs.
Student 4: Great! Let's pick out one that everybody can sing along with.
Student 3: Veterans Day would be a good time to remember and to thank veterans for all they have done for us and for our country.
A patriotic song, such as The National Anthem, God Bless