Author Archives: Michael K. Barbour

About Michael K. Barbour

Michael K. Barbour is Associate Professor of Instructional Design for the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University California. He has been involved with K-12 online learning in a variety of countries for well over a decade as a researcher, teacher, course designer and administrator. Michael's research focuses on the effective design, delivery and support of K-12 online learning, particularly for students located in rural jurisdictions.

Veterans Day / Armistice Day Commemoration Resources

As many jurisdictions have Remembrance Day/Veterans Day as a holiday, these materials may be of use to some teachers out there today.

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Remember our WWI Veterans by donating to their Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Armistice Day / Veterans Day Resources

Bells of Peace Logo 2019

in 2018, we launched “Bells of Peace” as a WWI Remembrance on the centennial of the Armistice of World War I. Tens of thousands of communities, churches, organizations and individuals came together for a moment of reflection to honor the people, events, sacrifices and consequences of the “War that Changed the World”.

It is a means of showing respect and reverence to the horrific, the heroic, and the consequential. In order that these events do not fade back into the mists of obscurity, we are once again calling for a National Bell Tolling on the 11th hour (local), of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Join us as we stop, and take a moment to reflect, remember and honor… as we reverently toll bells 21 times, 5 seconds apart in hope for continued peace.

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No Bell? No Problem!
We have an App for that.

2019 “Bells of Peace”
Participation App Features:

  • For iOS & Android mobile devices.
  • Countdown timer to 11am local 11/11/19
  • Easy to share with friends.
  • Bells will toll together across devices.
  • Select from 7 bells sounds.
  • Auto OR Manual tolling mode.

And more…

Get The Participation App >

Multi-Denominational Sacred Service

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World War I Armistice Day Commemorative Sacred Service

If you play this podcast on 11/11 starting at 10:03:30 am local, the Bells of Peace will toll at 11am exactly.

This special 90 minute podcast is available on your Smartphone or on the web. It brings you the sound of the World War I Armistice Day Commemorative Sacred Service, a multi-denominational service honoring the Centennial of the WWI Armistice, from the WWI Centennial Commission in partnership with Washington National Cathedral.

Listen to the Sacred Service >

Download the Service’s Program:

Download this beautiful 36-page program from the Sacred Service. This is a wonderful remembrance and a keepsake in its own right.

Download the Service’s Program >

A Great WWI Story to listen to together.

This iconic WWI picture shows SGT Roy C. Holtz, of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and he is riding through a European city on a Harley Davidson!

Yes – A WWI era Harley — Also iconic and also from Wisconsin!

Actually, the picture and caption aren’t quite accurate… that’s Belgium he is riding through; it’s not Germany —  But the story is true, real and more amazing than the simple assumption.

Our good friend, citizen historian and author Rob Laplander wrote a researched account of this story… what “actually” happened –  intended for high school students.  Rob generously has given us permission to produce the story for you as a Podcast… and we have the whole 40-minute story for you here today. It is fun, interesting, family friendly and a great listen by yourself, or with any group. It is an ideal Veterans Day activity. Please enjoy.

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“First into Germany”:
SGT Roy Holtz – And he did it on a Harley
By author Robert Laplander

Easy to access and play from your Smartphone or the website.

Listen to the Story >

National WWI Memorial View

Honor and Remember All Those Who Served in WWI For Generations to Come!

As you remember all veterans and their service on Veterans Day 2019, please help us honor our WWI Doughboys, Hello Girls, Devil Dogs, Hellfighters, Air Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Nurses, Donut Girls, and everyone in our nation that rallied to the cause for world freedom and Democracy a century ago. It was no less than the birth of our nation on the world stage.

Step up and help build this memorial in our nation’s capital to honor America’s epic, historical, and previously unprecedented commitment to the values that define us.

We cannot let this story, sacrifice and lesson fall back into obscurity. Your participation will help it stand for generations to come. Please donate on this special day!

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Recognizing all who have served

An item from the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation organization.

Dear Friend,

Today we recognize all who have served in the Armed Forces.  

People of all ages across the nation will honor our veterans in meaningful ways — flying the American flag, asking a veteran about their experience, attending a community Veteran’s Day event, or visiting the gravesite of a fallen veteran.

We join you in thanking and honoring all of those who have served.



The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation honors those who have served our country. Thanks to the generosity of private, public, and corporate sponsors, the Foundation works with local organizers and volunteers to place roses and other flowers on gravesites at National, Veterans, and Local cemeteries across the United States.
To learn more and to provide support, visit us at
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Petaluma Veterans’ Day Parade 2019

Following the Remembrance Day ceremonies at Liberty Cemetery in Petaluma, CA, the Royal Canadian Legion US Zone, Branch #25 and the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) Arkansas Division participated in the Petaluma Veterans’ Day Parade.

Petaluma proudly hosts the largest Veteran’s Day Parade north of the Golden Gate. The event is dedicated to remembering the men and women who set aside their civilian pursuits to serve our nation’s cause, defending our freedom and preserving American heritage.

Below are some images from the event – almost all of which are taken from various social media postings (click on any image to enlarge).


Some video from the event.

Here is a new piece from NBC 7 San Diego that features a group of cadets at the beginning of the clip.

Remembrance Day Ceremony 2019

Each year the Royal Canadian Legion US Zone, Branch #25 representing the San Francisco Bay area, observes Remembrance Day at Liberty Cemetery in Petaluma, CA. The 2017 ceremony began around 10:45am and lasted approximately 40 minutes.  As always, our U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) Arkansas Division partners participated (and we thank them for their continued support).

Below are some pictures from the event (click on any image to enlarge).

Thank A Veteran This Remembrance Day

An item from the There But Not There organization.

Thank A Veteran

Every year, as we remember the anniversary of the end of the First World War, we think of those who have given their lives in service to their country.

This year, we want to also thank those who have fought in more recent conflicts around the globe.

Throughout our campaign, we have worked with Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) who have packaged and posted our Tommies. We will donate your Tommy to a veteran who has worked on the campaign, as a thank you for their service.

If you would like your own Tommy as a mark of Remembrance in your home, or to give as a gift this Christmas, you can still purchase them on our website: 10″ Tommies.

Thank A Veteran Today
The Queen visits RBLI
On 6th November, Her Majesty The Queen visited RBLI to officially open Appleton Lodge, RBLI’s new luxury care facility for veterans and their families. The building has been named after First World War Sister Edith Appleton OBE, who was awarded the Royal Red Cross for nursing on the front line during the Great War.

The care home is part of a new development which, when complete, will provide crucial homes, welfare support and create a community for the country’s most vulnerable veterans.

To commemorate her visit and the beginning of the next phase of the Centenary Village, The Queen laid a time capsule containing, amongst other items, 10 stories of veterans and their families living in RBLI’s existing village and a handwritten letter for future residents from the charity’s chief executive Brigadier Steve Sherry CMG OBE.

The Queen also included a letter which said:

“I wish to congratulate Royal British Legion Industries on their Centenary, and their support of veterans over the past 100 years. Today is a moment of celebration, but also a time of reflection on the sacrifices the Armed Forces make in times of need. I send my warmest best wishes to RBLI and all who support them.”
Remembrance Day 2019
A year after commemorating the centenary of of the end of the First World War, we remember all those who have served.

There have been countless conflicts over the last century and this November, our Tommies bow their heads in remembrance of all of those touched by war.

Today, and always, we remember them.
Copyright © 2018 Remembered, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
33 Ranelagh Gardens, Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

SPECIAL: A WWI Commemorative Sacred Service

A note for those who are not able to attend a service tomorrow, but would still like undertake an act of remembrance.

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WWI Armistice Day Commemorative Sacred Service 2019

SPECIAL: World War I
Commemorative Sacred Service

If you play this episode on 11/11 starting at 10:03:30 am local, the Bells of Peace will toll at 11am exactly.

Host: Theo Mayer

This special episode brings you the sound of the World War I Armistice Day Commemorative Sacred Service, a multi-denominational service honoring the Centennial of the WWI Armistice, from the WWI Centennial Commission in partnership with Washington National Cathedral.

Download the Service program (a keepsake in its own right):

Link to Listen to the Sacred Service 

All about WW1 THEN and NOW while you drive, work or play.

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Service of Remembrance 2019

While this event is not traditionally organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, US Branch #25, for the first time the 2019 Service of Remembrance was a joint event of the branch and Grace Cathedral.  The event occurs on the Sunday closest to Remembrance Day at 3:00pm in Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St, San Francisco, CA.  This year the event was held on Sunday, 10 November.

Below are some pictures from the event (click on any image to enlarge).


Below are some videos from the event.