On Nov. 11, our nation celebrated and honored all those who served or are serving our country. Those who sacrificed their lives, time, and strength were praised for their service and thanked for their gratitude. This day is a perfect time for citizens to reflect on veterans’ service and how it benefits us and our country.
These veterans, both current and retired, have seen the most brutal scenes and witnessed the most heartbreaking situations. It is our right as citizens to take the time to thank them genuinely for their time spent protecting us.
Originally called “Armistice Day” after the end of World War I on Nov, 11, 1919, this historic day was later renamed “Veterans Day” by President Eisenhower and scheduled to be celebrated every Nov. 11 each year. Eisenhower signed a legislation on June 1, 1954 declaring this change. This day celebrates world peace and all those who fought to stop wars.
“In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose,” stated President Eisenhower in The Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America.
This year, President Obama’s speech gave a distinct motive for our “divided” nation to come together to “practice kindness” for those who fought for our freedom. He complimented and praised our forces, saying, “Our country has the best-trained and best-equipped military force in the world, and we need to make sure we have the most supported and respected veterans in the world.”
Obama continued to gather the American people together by emphasizing the importance of us all uniting.
“I call on all Americans, including civic and fraternal organizations, places of worship, schools, and communities to support this day with commemorative expressions and programs,” Obama said.
Since Veterans Day is a federal holiday, many workers and some students get the day off from either work or school. If it falls on a Sunday or Saturday, the holiday is then transferred to the next available weekday. Students at Mt. Hebron gave their opinion on this federal holiday and how it has affected their understanding of service.
Senior Claire Needham said, “Service to me means giving back to those who risk their lives every day for me to be alive.”
Thinking about those who have helped us be here today is exactly the point that Veterans Day is trying to communicate to us.
“I have the utmost respect for veterans and anyone who defends our country because I can’t imagine how hard and scary it can be, and I am thankful that there are so many people willing to risk their lives for the safety of this country,” said senior James Hogan.
Taking a step back and analyzing the sacrifices veterans have made for our well-being is mesmerizing. To all of the veterans of our country, thank you for your service.