All public schools in Kentucky are required to devote one class or instructional period to the observance of Veterans Day. The passage of Senate Bill 47 (2006) requires the observance to be within the five school days preceding Veterans Day, which is Nov. 11.
The law requires an assembly for a Veterans Day program that must be approved by the principal and must consist at minimum of a teacher and a veteran speaking on the meaning of Veterans Day. It encourages schools to seek advice on developing a Veterans Day program from the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs and from veterans service organizations such as the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The Kentucky Department of Education offers these contacts and resources to help in planning your Veterans Day observance:
- The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs can offer assistance that includes locating a veteran to participate in your school’s program. Call the Office of the Commissioner at (502) 564-9203.
- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has teaching materials for all age groups, plus history and background information.
- Local chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars can assist through the VFW Auxiliary. If you cannot locate local contact information, call the VFW state headquarters at (502) 635-2638.
Here are other links that may be useful: