Understanding Sacrifice

Understanding Sacrifice is a year-long professional development opportunity takes eighteen teachers on a journey of exploration and discovery through the lives of American heroes of WWII. It is conducted by National History Day®, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), and the National Cemetery Administration. Travel fees, materials, and most costs are covered for all accepted teachers. In return, teachers produce educational materials in a variety of disciplines from art to science and, of course, history. These classroom resources are then hosted for free on abmceducation.org to help teachers around the world reinvigorate the teaching and learning of WWII.

In July 2017, 18 more teachers will follow the path of the armed forces and travel to San Francisco, Honolulu, and Manila. Teachers will visit several ABMC and NCA cemeteries to honor individuals from their home states who sacrificed their lives in the war.


About ABMC and NCA

Established by Congress in 1923, the American Battle Monuments Commission commemorates the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces. ABMC administers 25 overseas military cemeteries and 27 memorials, monuments, and markers. For more information visit www.abmc.gov, or connect with the ABMC on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram.

The National Cemetery Administration operates 134 national cemeteries, and 33 soldiers’ lots and monument sites in 40 states and Puerto Rico. More than 4 million Americans, including Veterans of every U.S. war and conflict, are buried in VA’s national cemeteries. This partnership supports NCA’s recent launch of the Veterans Legacy Program, an effort to provide the public with educational products and programs focused on Veteran stories. For more information visit www.cem.va.gov.