Commemorating our Veterans in the School Library


Commemorating our Veterans in the School Library

Armistice Day is this weekend, Saturday 11th November. This year also marks 100 years since the signing of the Armistice in November 1918, ending World War I.

Around the world, it’s an occasion to reflect and remember the sacrifice of those who fought and suffered tragic losses in two world wars last century, and in countless other conflicts before and since.

Why Remember?

Schools have a special role to play in helping young people engage in remembrance, and develop a deeper understanding of world events in the hope of building a more peaceful future.

As well as offering book selections for students to quietly discover on their own, school libraries host a range of activities related to Armistice/Remembrance Day, including read-aloud sessions, group discussions, guest speaker sessions, and creative activities. The Shrine of Remembrance in Victoria, Australia has produced this comprehensive Teachers' Guide with resources and explanations to help students understand the history and significance of this solemn occasion. 

If you're searching for more inspiration for your library or classrooms this November, the following sites have plenty of quality resources, including video links, posters, and interactive activities:

Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs 

Library Learning Commons 

Victorian Government Anzac Centenary website 

Veterans' Affairs Canada 

Australian War Memorial 


Visual displays encourage remembrance and reflection

Below are some of the entries received in the 2017 Softlink Library Display Competition based on themes such as World Wars I & II and other wars, ANZACs, sacrifice, and auxiliary services. We always love seeing pictures of thoughtful and inspired school library displays. If you've created a display for Remembrance Day this year, we'd love to see it! Why not share your pictures on Twitter and tag us @SoftlinkEdu (School libraries in the UK can also enter the SLA School Library Display competition - just add the add the hashtag #schlibrarydisplays.) 


 World War One, 100 years. Hanging poppies on display at Stratton Upper School library, Bedfordshire, England.

Stratton Upper School, Bedfordshire, England created a display to mark 100 years since the start of WWI and to honour the local soldiers who died. Each poppy had a soldier’s name on it.


ANZAC themed library display with wreath and flags

Padua College, Queensland, Australia, commemorated the ANZACS with this display featuring wreath and flags.


100 years of ANZAC spirit. Library display by Peter Moyes Anglican Community School, Western Australia.

Peter Moyes Anglican Community School, Western Australia entered its display, 100 years of ANZAC spirit.


Remembrance Day library display with hand-made poppies, by Linden Park Primary School, South Australia.

Linden Park Primary School, South Australia, created this touching display featuring poppies hand-made by students, surrounding a lone digger painted by one of the Librarians.


St John's School Wiltshire, United Kingdom, sent us several photos of its display commemorating World War I.

St John's School Wiltshire, United Kingdom, remembering the auxiliary services that played an essential role in the war effort.


ANZAC-themed library display by St Laurence's College, Queensland, Australia.

St Laurence's College, Queensland, Australia, sent this poignant ANZAC Day display.


ANZAC-themed library display by Redbank Plains State High School, Queensland, Australia.

Redbank Plains State High School, Queensland, Australia, made this ANZAC display that combines historical and present-day symbols of the ANZAC spirit. 


Library display with World War 1 recruitment posters and news articles.Library display with poppies, bare branches, b&w photo for Remembrance Day.

John Leggott College, North Lincolnshire, England combined historic poster art and newspaper exerpts with symbolic items for this informative and poetic display.

Lest we forget.