WASHINGTON, D.C.— Mr. Jeremy Miller spent the first half of 2017 researching the life of Corporal Warren A. Bolin as part of the Understanding Sacrifice program. On Veteran’s Day, Miller’s eulogy for Corporal Bolin and lesson plan, titled Until They All Come Home: Locating and Identifying Missing Service Members, will be published on ABMCeducation.org. The 2017 Understanding Sacrifice program is a partnership between National History Day®, the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), National Cemetery Administration (NCA), and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. The year-long professional development program centers on Fallen Heroes of World War II who are buried or memorialized at an American cemetery in the Pacific Theater of World War II. In July 2017, Miller joined 18 other exceptional educators as they traveled to San Francisco, Honolulu, and Manila, walking in the footsteps of history. Using their research, teachers created lesson plans, Fallen Hero profiles, and eulogies now published on the award-winning ABMCeducation.org.
Designed to reinvigorate the study of World War II in American classrooms, the lesson plans are multi-disciplinary. Using primary and secondary sources, videos, and hands-on activities, students are transported from the modern-day home front to the war front of the past. Miller’s lesson plan is based upon solid primary and secondary source research. Miller said, “This lesson shows how difficult it was to find and return the bodies of fallen service members during World War II, especially in the Pacific Theater, and the great lengths to which the government goes to bring them home today.” Accompanying the lesson plan is a Fallen Hero profile for Corporal Bolin. “I want people to know that Warren Bolin was a young man with a bright, limitless future, but when his country was attacked, he risked everything and volunteered to fight, making the ultimate sacrifice,” said Miller.
“This partnership with the ABMC, NCA, and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University has allowed us to uncover the history of 20 fallen heroes of World War II,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “Their unique experiences can now help teachers around the world bring history to life with the materials added to ABMCeducation.org. It is my hope this resource helps students discover a vivid understanding of the high cost paid by all Americans during this war.”
Each lesson plan is integrated with Common Core Standards, aligned to the C3 Framework, and makes use of interpretive materials provided by ABMC and NCA. They are accompanied by research about fallen heroes of World War II who are honored at American cemeteries in both the Pacific and European theaters of World War II.
*Press release provided by National History Day