A Day of Learning

Honoring Our Nation’s Veterans

Nearly 140 Central Florida seventh graders engaged in a hands-on history educational program that honored the lives and legacies of US Military Veterans interred at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. Part of the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program, the Central Florida Lives & Legacies Field Trip offered students a day of learning about the important role national cemeteries play in our community as a site where we mourn, commemorate and remember our veterans.

University of Central Florida College of Arts and Humanities faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students organized the field trip that took place on May 19, 2017. The day of learning consisted of a Commemoration Ceremony, Lunch & Learn, Lives & Legacies Tour and Veterans Learning Stations. The Lives & Legacies Tour included six graveside locations within sections 104 and 103 of the Florida National Cemetery. Each location featured a UCF professor or staff member, and/or student sharing information about veterans buried within the vicinity. Hosted in sections MC, MD and along the Memorial Walk, the Veteran Learning Stations provided insight into veterans in America and offered seventh graders opportunities for interaction and critical thinking. Students also participated in a thank-a-vet lettering writing activity as one of the stations.

  • Honor guard
  • Students from DSA at ceremony
  • Bryce Carpenter
  • Students from UCF during ceremony
  • Ceremony speakers
  • UCF student leader Allison Stanley
  • Ken Holliday learning station
  • Katherine Thurlow thank-a-veteran station
  • Dr. John Sacher learning station
  • Dr. Amy Giroux learning station
  • Drew Fulcher lives and legacies station
  • Gramond McPherson lives and legacies station
  • Dr. Scot French lives and legacies station
  • Elmer Hurst grave marker
  • Lehman Connelly leading students
  • Jim Stoddard learning station
  • Dr. Barbara Gannon learning station
  • Mark Barnes lives and legacies station
  • Luke Bohmer lives and legacies station
  • Davenport students at lives and legacies station
  • Switching station areas
  • Abigail Padfield lives and legacies station
  • Red teams in section 103
  • Lunch
  • Edward Vipatasilpin, Dr. Caroline Cheong and Roberto Pizarro
  • UCF team prep
  • Tiffany Rivera and Kurt Rotar
  • Florida rain


Our faculty, staff, and student researchers reflect on the field trip in the following student produced podcast about the Day of Learning:

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