Posted by: Kirsten | Sunday, 11 November 2007

The Forgotten American Veterans

As you celebrate the day off on Veterans Day observed, be sure to think of the thousands of Americans who fought bravely for their people and their way of life, who defended their homeland against invaders and aggressors, and so often gave their lives in the name of freedom. Today, these native Americans fight side by side with other Americans in the name of the United States of America, but let’s never forget their epic struggle against a relentless tide of newcomers to North America.  Many of their stories are captured in our National Parks, Battlefields, Historic Sites, Historical Parks, and Historic Trails.  Below are just a few of the parks you can visit or learn more about. Be sure to include their story, which is also our story, in your kids’ homeschool curriculum, field trips, and vacation plans.

Big Hole National Battlefield

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Montana

  • Recommended reading (12 & up): Remember Little Bighorn: Indians, Soldiers, and Scouts Tell Their Stories, by Paul Robert Walker

Big Hole National Battlefield, Montana

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, Colorado

  • This is relatively new unit of the National Park Service.  Visitor services are very limited and the park will close for the season on December 1st, 2007, and reopen in the Spring of 2008.

Trail of Tears National Historical Trail, in several states

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