Recognizing Veterans Day


Over the past few days, I have heard many students wondering aloud, “Why can’t we just get Friday off instead of Thursday so we can have a long weekend?” There are several holidays that have been amended to do just that – the observation of Labor Day was moved to a Monday, and Presidents Washington and Lincoln at one time had individual birthday celebrations, now consolidated as ‘Presidents Day’ and also moved to a Monday.

But perhaps some observances should not be altered to give us a mini-vacation or long weekend. Maybe some holidays hold a deeper meaning than that and should be observed with more respect.

Thursday, November 11 is Armistice Day, or as we know it, Veterans Day. Seven months prior to the official end of World War I, an armistice went into effect between the Allied Nations and Germany. This time of peace was celebrated across the world.

Armistice Day was celebrated every November 11 by remembering and honoring WWI veterans until the end of World War II, at which point Americans felt it was only fair to include all veterans in this national celebration.  The title was officially changed to “Veterans Day” and declared a federal holiday by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Veterans Day should represent more than just a one-day weekend extension and special eight hour sales at local malls. It is a day during which we honor and remember the veterans who laid down their lives fighting for our country and thank those who are still alive today.

So this Thursday, while you are busy catching up on sleep and schoolwork, hanging out with friends or watching TV, make sure you take a moment to thank a veteran for their service and their sacrifices.

While everyone loves a three day weekend, perhaps there are some days of remembering that should be considered as more than a mini-vacation. Take this Thursday to thank your neighbors and grandparents who are veterans for serving America.


  1. Virginia, thanks for this great article. Good news reporting/informing on something that matters to all people.
    Mrs. Freeze

  2. Very well written. We need more young people, actually people of all ages, who feel the same way you do. We who sit at home and enjoy Veteran’s Day holidays often have no idea what sacrifices have been made by our veterans of muliple wars or the service men and women who are serving today to allow us this time of rest and holiday.


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