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