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Memorial Day

Monuments and memorials do more than remind us about the past. Learn how you can use them as primary sources, with high school teacher James Percoco. FIND OUT MORE »

Learning Resources

Find sources on memory and military service

screencap, History of Memorial Day video, 00:45, 15 May 2012

Did you know Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day? [...] »

Screencapture, Decoration Day in the Mountains

Decoration Day is a tradition that involves cleaning community cemeteries, [...] »

Red Cross volunteer labels packages destined for POWs in Japan

Japanese treatment of American prisoners of war. [...] »

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Teaching Resources

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Photo. Illumination Ceremony at dawn. Flickr

Teaching with place involves more than walking students around a battlefield. [...] »

Photo, Percoco at Gettysburg, James Percoco

Leave your students with intellectually and emotionally significant memories of [...] »

Photo, First Army photos of the bombing..., Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941, LoC

December 7, 2011 will mark the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. [...] »

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Put your knowledge to the test!

Does the movie "Glory" depict historical accuracy or wholesale fiction? [...] »

Photo, Jefferson Memorial with Red Tourists, Apr. 18, 2008, Tancread, Flickr

How do we relate to national memorials? Photographs can show us how we want to [...] »

Photo, Memorial Day, May 29, 2011, teletypeturtle, Flickr

Do you know the history of this symbol? [...] »

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