Sponsored by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) and the VA National Cemetery Administration (NCA), Understanding Sacrifice is an 18-month professional development program for middle- and high- school teachers. Working with the team from National History Day® and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, 18 teachers annually create free, interdisciplinary lessons to share with other educators. The goal is to bring ABMC and NCA resources into classrooms to help students better understand the service, experience, and sacrifice of American service members during World War II.
ABMC sponsored Understanding Sacrifice for the 2014-5 and 2015-6 school years and NCA joined the partnership for the 2016-7 school year.
About American Battle Monuments Commission
Established by Congress in 1923, the American Battle Monuments Commission commemorates the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. Armed Forces. ABMC administers 26 overseas military cemeteries, and 27 memorials, monuments, and markers.
ABMC’s commemorative mission includes:
- Designing, constructing, operating and maintaining permanent American cemeteries in foreign countries.
- Establishing and maintaining U.S. military memorials, monuments and markers where American armed forces have served overseas since April 6, 1917, and within the United States when directed by public law.
- Controlling the design and construction of permanent U.S. military monuments and markers by other U.S. citizens and organizations, both public and private, and encouraging their maintenance.
For more information, visit abmc.gov.
About National Cemetery Administration
Established in 1973, VA’s National Cemetery Administration (NCA) operates 134 national cemeteries and 33 solders’ lots and monuments sites. More than 4.3 million Americans, including Veterans of every U.S. war and conflict, are buried in VA’s national cemeteries. VA also provides funding to establish, expand, improve, and maintain 97 Veterans cemeteries in 47 states and territories including tribal trust lands, Guam, and Saipan. For Veterans not buried in a VA national cemetery, VA provides headstones, markers or medallions to commemorate their service. In 2015, VA honored more than 353,000 Veterans and their loved ones with memorial benefits in national, state, tribal and private cemeteries. In 2016, NCA launched the Veterans Legacy Program, a new effort to provide educational opportunities for the public to learn about the about the legacy of Veteran sacrifice.
Learn more at www.cem.va.gov.
About National History Day®
National History Day (NHD) is a non-profit education organization in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the state and regional levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by Kenneth E. Behring, Patricia Behring, HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Joe Weider Foundation, and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information, visit nhd.org.
About Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
For the past twenty years, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at George Mason University has used digital media to advance history education, preserve and present history online, and transform scholarship. RRCHNM is a democratic, collaborative space where over fifty scholars, developers, designers, and researchers work together to advance history education and digital humanities.
Each year RRCHNM’s many project websites receive over 24 million visitors, and over a million people rely on its digital tools to teach, learn, and conduct research. For more information, visit chnm.gmu.edu.