November 11, 2011 - Veteran's Day and...

This patriotic day is sometimes called Armistice Day and Remembrance Day. It is celebrated in many European nations, Canada, the U.S., and nations that are associated with Europe and the U.S. such as Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, and Bermuda. The date is the anniversary of the end of World War I, which was supposed to be the war to end all wars.

To learn about WWI, try NeoK12

For more on Veteran's Day, check this and that other earlier post.

Also on this date:
Independence Day for Angola and Poland

Angola – Independence from Portugal in 1975

Poland – Restoration of Independence in 1918 after years of partition by Russia, Russia, and Austria

Kalandula Falls, in Angola
Angola is a nation in south-central Africa. It has an unfortunate history of a long liberation war that finally led to independence and then an intense seven-year-long civil war after independence. Although it has a lot of mineral wealth and petroleum reserves, life expectancy is low and there is a lot of human misery.

Does your library have the book Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba? It is based on the daughter of the leader of the Mbundu people of Ndongo, in 1595. This is a region that today is in Angola. 

Karkonosze National Park,
in Poland

Poland is a nation in Central Europe that has been invaded and split up several times in history. Despite all the violence in its past, with the most recent examples including being invaded by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II, today Poland is a democracy with a good standard of living and a rich culture.

Learn more about Poland...

National Geographic Kids has a nice page about Poland. 

Here are some jigsaw puzzles featuring pictures of Polish sights. 

Here are instructions for Polish Wycinanki, a beautiful paper craft. 

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