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The United States has honored World War II veterans with a National Memorial in Washington, D.C. On June 6 each year, the world observes the anniversary of D-Day. To honor the veterans of “the Greatest Generation,” Hollister Kids is proud to offer the dramatic summer reading feature “Paratrooper: A Summer Series.” This series has proven popular with both teachers and veterans, many of whom have learned about NIE through the series — and offered sponsorship support! This 10-unit package features a dramatic first-person account of a paratrooper who jumped in France in support of the Normandy landing on D-Day. At the same time it reveals the character traits and commitment that soldiers today demonstrate in carrying out their missions. It is a great way to thank World War II veterans, while also honoring the troops of this generation who are serving around the world. The series ties the history of World War II to current events through newspaper activities specially crafted to accompany the narrative. The 10 parts in the series make it a perfect once-a-week feature that could run all through summer vacation. Vividly written like a serial story, the account by paratrooper Sgt. Don Reiland will hold the attention of readers of all ages, while capturing the uncertainty, fear, bravery and commitment of young men thrust into events that changed the world.

Sample Newspaper Activity
In the D-Day invasion of Normandy, the importance of the operation was far greater than individual soldiers or units. In many activities or undertakings today, the overall goals are greater than the roles that single individuals play. Find an example in the newspaper today or this week. Your example can involve the military or another kind of activity. Write a short comparison of D-Day and this activity or undertaking. Draw a Venn diagram to aid your comparison, if you like.

Sponsor Suggestion
veterans groups, VFW, American Legion, Gold Star Mothers, Memorial Day Committees, military bases, political parties, civic groups, Rotary, Elks, Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce