Postcards for Peace - Teacher's Guide

Learning outcomes

  • To help youth understand the significance of the sacrifices and achievements of Canada's Veterans or Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members.
  • To link youth and Veterans or Canadian Armed Forces members in a personal way.

Addresses where postcards may be sent according to the intended recipient

If you know a Veteran or a Canadian Armed Forces member, write them a personalized postcard and mail or hand-deliver it. Ask your students if they know Veterans, young and old, or CAF members.

If you don’t find a specific recipient, choose your recipients according to the message to be written in the postcard.

Remember that postage is at the sender’s expense.

Notice

We encourage you to distribute the postcards to Veterans or CAF members you know in your community.

Who are Canada’s Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces members?
  • There are approximately 58,000 surviving Canadian Veterans of the Second World War and the Korean War. Their average age is 91 years old.
  • There are some 600,000 surviving Canadian Veterans who served in the military in the years after the Korean War. Their average age is 57 years old.
  • There are some 105,000 serving Canadian Armed Forces personnel, in the regular force and the reserve.

If you want to find out more about the estimated Veteran population per province, please refer to Table 1.1 of the Demographics section.

Please select from the list below.

Instructions

  1. Distribute postcards to youth.
  2. Explain briefly what a Veteran is and what Canadian Armed Forces members do. Discuss the kinds of tasks they have been involved in over the years, both at home and overseas.
  3. Encourage youth to write a message of appreciation, or have them write how they will remember the sacrifices and achievements of Veterans or Canadian Armed Forces members.
    • Thank you for keeping Canada safe.
    • Thank you for your sacrifices.
    • I will remember by wearing a poppy on my heart.
    • I will remember by going to a Remembrance Day ceremony.
  4. Explain that these postcards are anonymous and no personal information of the youth is to be used, such as their address.
  5. Collect the postcards and ensure that they contain appropriate messaging before sending. Group all postcards destined for the same location in a single package.
  6. Send your postcards or use them in a display. If a facility is close to your school, you may want to contact them to arrange for students to deliver the postcards personally. You may also distribute the postcards to Veterans during a remembrance ceremony.

Other activities with the Postcards for Peace

You could contact your local Royal Canadian Legion and arrange distribution to Veterans in the area.

You could use the completed postcards in a display at your school library or foyer.

You could distribute the postcards to Veterans during a remembrance ceremony.

You could create a "Peace Tree" in your school and have your students write messages of peace on the postcards. Tie the postcards with peace messages to a fake or real tree.

You could create a "Peace Garden" in your school and have your students write messages of peace on the postcards. Fix the postcards with peace messages to a coffee stir stick and "plant" all postcards in a "Peace Garden".

Important

  • Please do not send postcards to Veterans Affairs Canada.
  • Please complete the evaluation form so that this activity may continue and improve, and especially question 26: "What did you do with the Postcards for Peace"
  • These postcards are anonymous and no personal data is to be used such as the addresses of youth or of the Veterans or Canadian Armed Forces members who may receive the messages of thanks.
  • These postcard are greatly appreciated by the Veterans or Canadian Armed Forces members who receive them.

Thank you for your participation.

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