American Portraits

The Selfless Defenders of Wake Island

In this lesson, students will learn about the defenders of Wake Island and their struggle against the Japanese in 1941. They will explore the actions of these defenders and see how their sacrifices helped inspire the nation at the beginning of the war. Through their example, they will learn how they can act selflessly in their own lives.

Founding Principles

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Individual Responsibility

Individuals must take care of themselves and their families and be vigilant to preserve their liberty.

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