Civil War Day is a day where eighth graders from D.C. Everest Junior High School can participate in a fun reenactment of the Civil War. Many people dress up as soldiers, southern belles, and historical figures from the time period. Students travel from station to station learning about the culture of the time. Stations that they can visit include: Tasting food of the time, sewing, yarn making, learning how to march, and listening to the Civil War band and Civil War singers. There is also a very large Civil War banner that lists off all of the names of the soldiers that participated in the Civil War from Wisconsin. Students enjoy trying to find ancestors names on the banner that were in the historical war. Civil War Day is a great experience for both teachers and students.
Civil War Wall
Approximately 620,000 people died during the Civil War on both sides, and of those soldiers 12,000 of them were from Wisconsin. Wisconsin and the Midwest played a huge role in the victory of the North. Wisconsin helped supply many willing men that would fight for the Union. These soldiers were very brave and to honor what they did for our country the D.C. Everest Oral History Project has decided to create a Civil War Wall Moving Memorial.
Civil War Day Background
Civil War Day started at D. C. Everest Junior High in 2006. This up-coming spring 2016, we are having our 11th annual Civil War Day. On Civil War Day, students spend a school day getting a taste of the events and daily life during the Civil War. Each year, there are multiple educational and entertaining short stations those groups of students and members of the community participate in. Students and teachers work very hard to create skits and displays and prepare music for these stations. There is also one main presentation, such as a speaker, each year. Although this is a day filled with fun and excitement, the memorial will allow students and the community to take a more serious look at the losses of the Civil War. Civil War day is a truly unforgettable educational experience.
The D.C. Everest Junior High School unveiled this beautiful display at the fifth annual Civil War Day. All 8th grade students from the school walked down to Kennedy Park on Wednesday, May 27 to experience this day. The community participated in learning more about this monumental war, and many people attended. The memorial will be a main attraction at the event for many years to come and will be available for rental to Wisconsin events celebrating our Wisconsin veterans.
What are the Benefits of the Moving Civil War Memorial?
The memorial promotes awareness of the losses from the Civil War.
It shows the devotion that Wisconsinites have to their country.
Students can understand the impact of history on their surroundings.
Students can understand the enormity of history through visual demonstration.
Students can relate to the loss because of conflicts from the Civil War to the loss of today’s conflicts.
Students can search for relatives that served from Wisconsin in the Civil War.
Students can take a look into one small piece of the loss of war and begin to understand the devastation that was spread throughout the country.
Students will understand that war is not fun, but rather something horrible and something which has great consequences.
The community can also view this memorial and learn the same things as the students.
Students and the community can come together to celebrate Wisconsin’s contributions to our country.
This wall will be shared with other local schools and organizations that have a Civil War Day (e.g., Merrill and Wausau West) or honor Wisconsin Veterans.