Watch an Interview with Richard Overton, the oldest living World War II veteran.

May 31st, 2013|

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) stopped by on Memorial Day for a special visit with Richard Overton, the oldest living World War II veteran.  At 107 years old, Overton's memories of fighting in the South Pacific are still vivid. Perry arrived at Overton's home in Austin, Texas bearing gifts of whiskey and a challenge coin, [...]

The Preamble of the Constitution in “Diagram”

May 29th, 2013|

Ever wondered what the preamble to the Constitution looks like when diagrammed?  Check it out....

Richard Dreyfuss on Civic Education in America

May 24th, 2013|

Education Activist and recent JFI Stars in Service keynote speaker Richard Dreyfuss was recently interviewed and discussed his thoughts on civics education and plans to help address the issues. Read the interview here -

Teachers – Memorial Day Lesson Plan Ideas

May 22nd, 2013|

Teachers – The poem “In Flanders Fields” provides a wonderful opportunity for discussing the symbolism of the poppy on Memorial Day. This link provides a starting point for highlighting the history of this holiday in your classroom.  

The Last Monday in May….

May 20th, 2013|

Memorial Day began as an event to honor Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War.  It was inspired by the people in the Southern states honored their dead.  After WWI, it was extended to include all men and women who died in any war or military action.  Originally known as Decoration Day, [...]

Celebrate Armed Services Day this Saturday.

May 17th, 2013|

How do you plan to spend the day?  Check your area for Armed Service celebrations.

Teachers – Lesson Plans for Armed Services Week

May 15th, 2013|

Teachers – Use Armed Forces Week as an opportunity to educate your students on the role and importance of our country’s military. The U.S. Department of Education has compiled a list of military history websites where you can access lesson plans and primary sources to be used in your classroom.  

A Salute to Jack Nemerov – A Word War II Veteran

May 14th, 2013|

Joe Foss Institute Veteran Presenter, Jack Nemerov has always been a very patriotic American. In fact, Jack joined the United States Army on December 8th, 1941 to serve our country. Jack was part of the first wave of soldiers to arrive at Omaha Beach on D-Day on June 6th, 1944. We appreciate the service of [...]

Celebrate Armed Forces Day this Saturday, May 18, 2013

May 13th, 2013|

The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated on Saturday, May 20, 1950. The theme for that day was "Teamed for Defense," which expressed the unification of all military forces under one government department - the Department of Defense. The day was designed to expand public understanding of what type of job was performed by the [...]