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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 »

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Photo, Walt Whitman, Mathew B. Brady, c.1862, Library of Congress

The podcast Backstory looks at poet Walt Whitman's recollections of his work in [...] »

Screencapture, Dog Tags: History, Stories, & Folklore of Military Identification

Dog tags are highly personal items to warriors of every service and to their [...] »

Screencapture, Decoration Day in the Mountains

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

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Photo. Spanish-American War Soldiers. Flickr

Every town has a scattering of historical markers and statues. Discover what [...] »

Photo, Sailor and girl at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, May 1943, LoC

How do you observe Memorial Day? Teachinghistory.org shares teaching resources [...] »

George Mason Memorial. Teachinghistory.org

How can you get teachers thinking about monuments and memorials as secondary [...] »

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

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

Veterans Day is for everyone who fought for the U.S.—including those who [...] »

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

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