Sacrifice for Freedom Frequently Asked Questions

  • If accepted, what are the costs for teachers and students participating in the program?
  • All major travel costs are covered (flights, hotels, and most meals). Teachers and students need to cover travel for transportation to their home airports, pay for a few meals, and bring their own spending money.

  • Do you have a set itinerary with travel information and accommodations?
  • NHD is working closely with the Pacific Historic Sites partners at this time. We are in the planning stages and will notify all accepted teams of the itinerary - with accommodations and travel - closer to the trip.

  • What will teachers and students do on the trip?
  • The program is designed as an academic institute. Students and teachers will visit sites including, but not limited to, the USS Missouri, the USS Arizona, USS Bowfin, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i, the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, and ʻIolani Palace, where they will learn about the history and culture of Hawai’i as well as learn more about Hawai’i’s role in World War II.

  • Can middle school teachers apply?
  • Yes. They can apply and are eligible. However, they need to apply with a student who is currently in 10th or 11th grade as their team member.

  • What type of course work will teachers and students do?
  • Over a six-month period, teams selected will work together in Schoology to research World War II’s Pacific Theater and the effects of wartime for those on the homefront. Additionally, student and teacher teams research the life of a Silent Hero® who died in World War II and is buried in or memorialized at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Students will be asked to eulogize their Silent Hero® at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. You can see sample Silent Hero profiles at www.NHDSilentHeroes.org.