November 2, 2001

Home Schoolers Encouraged to Participate in National Veterans Awareness Week

Home School Legal Defense Association Chairman Michael Farris today praised the decision of President Bush to declare the week of November 11 "National Veterans Awareness Week," and encouraged home school families to participate in the effort.

The president's announcement is part of his Lessons of Liberty initiative to help American students learn more about our country and its values.

National Veterans Awareness Week will involve veterans speaking in school settings about their experience in serving the country, Veterans Day, and the importance of defending liberty, democracy, and freedom.

"The home schooling community has been very active over the years in emphasizing an appreciation for our freedom as part of the education process," Farris said. "I commend President Bush for recognizing how important this truly is, especially at this time. I know home school families across the country will take advantage of this great teaching opportunity. Many of our veterans have exceptional first-person accounts of what defending liberty really means. Exposing our children to this experience is bound to enhance their schooling."

Because of their flexible schedules, home school students are ideally situated to observe this special week. Families can attend veterans' ceremonies as well as various seminars and presentations dealing with our country's military history. Additionally, a family or home school group can arrange to have veterans share their personal experiences of service to our country. If you do not know a veteran, your local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts may be able to recommend one in your area who would be willing to talk to your students.

More information on how to incorporate National Veterans Awareness Week into your home school program is available at http://www.va.gov/vetsday.

Contact: Robert Ziegler, Director of Media Relations