ORLANDO, May 15—Ahead of Memorial Day, 50 Orlando-area fourth graders will join University of Central Florida historians in traveling to the St. Augustine National Cemetery to honor the legacies of American military veterans.
During UCF’s annual Day of Learning, the children—who are studying Florida history—will be addressed by three UCF student veterans, sharing their personal experiences and unique insights. Through interactive activity sessions, they also will receive detailed information on the history of the cemetery, the headstones, Florida’s Second Seminole War and the contributions of African Americans during World War I.
“The Day of Learning provides an opportunity to take children out of their classrooms and teach them about our nation’s veterans in a rather unique learning environment,” said Amelia Lyons, an associate professor of history at UCF and the event’s principal organizer. “Within the national cemetery, the lives and legacies of American veterans come to life before these children’s eyes, allowing them to truly appreciate the sacrifices of our nation’s service members.”
The Day of Learning is part of UCF’s Veterans Legacy Program, a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-funded initiative that recognizes U.S. veterans interred at national cemeteries. Through the program, UCF faculty, students and staff have developed a number of innovative methods to tell the stories of service members. In addition to the Day of Learning, the University has developed a series of biographies, a mobile application for cemetery visitors, and an interactive K-12 curriculum.
The University of Central Florida’s Day of Learning at St. Augustine National Cemetery
Monday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
St. Augustine National Cemetery
104 Marine Street, St. Augustine, Fla., 32084
Anthony M. Moore, Anthony.Moore@ucf.edu and 407-912-3128