Commemorating War


  • The Costs of War for Bedford, Virginia | D-Day 360

    Understand the cost and consequences of World War Two for the town of Bedford, Virginia, which lost more soldiers per capita during the invasion of Normandy than anywhere else in the United States. Meet Lucille Boggess, who lost two brothers during the invasion, and understand how she and other surviving relatives coped with the loss of loved ones during war.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Vietnam Veteran Memorial

    In this Building Block video, the camera tilts down to show a black granite panel engraved with the names of fallen soldiers.

    Grades: All
  • Facing It, by Yusef Komunyakaa

    Fourteen years after the Vietnam War, veteran and contemporary poet Yusef Komunyakaa wrote about facing the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial wall and the memories and images the wall evoked. In this video segment from Poetry Everywhere, Komunyakaa reads his poem, "Facing It" at the Dodge Poetry Festival.

    Read "Facing It" at the Poetry Foundation.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Picturing America - Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Winslow Homer

    Learn about the Civil War through the art of Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Winslow Homer in this video from Picturing America on Screen.  Saint-Gaudens's Robert Shaw Memorial in Boston Common depicts a resonant, courageous act of the Civil War, in which the first regiment of African American soldiers recruited in the North for the Union Army fought a doomed battle on a South Carolina fortress.

    The Winslow Homer image of a soldier returning to his farm after the Civil War in The Veteran in a New Field refers to both the desolation of war and the country’s hope for the future. While the farmer’s scythe called to mind the bloodiest battles fought—and lives lost—in fields of grain, the bountiful crop of golden wheat could also be seen as a Christian symbol of salvation.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Historic Archaeology at Camp Nelson: Shedding Light on Undocumented Lives

    In this video segment, Dr. Stephen McBride discusses how the analysis of food remains and personal items provide insight into the lives of the soldiers and the families of the black enlistees who trained during the Civil War at Camp Nelson in Jessamine County, Kentucky. The site was an important Union supply depot, training center for U.S. Colored Troops, and refugee camp for families of African-American enlistees. Today the site is a Civil War Heritage Park. Archaeological research has uncovered artifacts left by the soldiers and their families.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Gettysburg Student Reflects on Civil War’s Legacy

    150 years ago Confederate soldiers attacked a Union-held fort at Fort Sumter, South Carolina. The Civil War's first battle may seem like ancient history, but for one student who lives among battlefields in Gettysburg, Pa., every day is a reminder of what happened during the War Between the States.

    Grades: 6-13+