As Veterans Day approaches, the first thought that may come to some people’s minds is the three-day weekend. However, it is more than just a day off from classes. Unfortunately, the meaning of this special day is overlooked. So, what does Nov. 11 mean?
Well, here’s a bit of history.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, in 1919, former president Woodrow Wilson declared Nov. 11 the first commemoration of Armistice Day. It wasn’t until 1938 when act, 52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a, made it a legal holiday.
While this may seem like just a bunch of history that seems irrelevant, that’s definitely not the case. It’s a day that calls for people across the country to celebrate those who gave up their lives for justice. Irrelevant? I don’t think so.
On this day, I ask that you take just a few minutes to read up on the history, reflect on what many of the selfless veterans of this country have done and express much deserved gratitude to them.