Discussion Topics for Veterans Day
- What do you think the purpose of Veterans Day is?
- How important is Veterans Day?
- What, if anything, does family do to observe Veterans Day?
- What makes a person a veteran?
- How important are a nation's armed forces?
Do you believe that a strong military
more important, less important, or of the same importance today as it
was 50 years ago? Explain your answer.
- Do you believe people should be required to serve in the armed forces? Why or why not?
- What, if any, duties do governments have to their war veterans?
Do you believe that your country treats its veterans as they deserve to be treated? Why or why not?
What qualifications do you believe those who
wish to serve in the armed forces should have?
What, if anything, should disqualify individuals
from serving in the armed forces?
Have you lived through any military conflict?
If so, tell about it. What impact did it have on your family? your community?
your country? the world?
Has any member of your family served in your
country's armed forces? Which branch? How long did they serve? What stories,
if any, do they tell about the experience?
Should women be allowed to serve in the armed
forces? Why or why not?
How could serving in the armed forces make
someone more appreciative of their homeland and freedoms?
Do you think the average citizen has as much
respect for veterans today as citizens of two generations ago did? Why or
During World Wars I and II, patriotism soared
throughout the United States and returning veterans were lauded as heroes.
As the Vietnam War broke a few decades later, however, many Americans condemned
the war and returning veterans met with little public praise. What factors
do you think contributed to the major shift in public
Veterans of the past and of the present literally risk--and sometimes sacrifice--their lives to protect our lives and freedoms. What can we as private individuals do to honor these men and women?
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