By: Michael McCabe
Veterans Day is an important American holiday dedicated to honoring and thanking the brave veterans of the United States. It is a day dedicated to saying thank you and acknowledging and appreciating the heroic acts of those who have served in wars.
The first Veterans Day was November 11, 1919, and on this day it was titled “Armistice Day.” It was created after the first World War or “the war to end all wars” as a day of peace and to honor those who fought in the great war. It did not become a national legal holiday until May 13, 1938. On June 1, 1954, after World War 2 and the Korean War, the eleventh of November was declared Veterans Day. Through the urging of the veterans service organizations, Congress and President Dwight D. Eisenhower turned ‘Armistice Day’ into Veterans Day.
Americans celebrate veterans by putting up a flags to show their American patriotism or doing what they feel right to show their appreciation to the armed forces.
To honor all veterans, the Long Beach Middle and High Schools featured a “Field of Honor.” The Field of Honor is to honor all those Long Beach family and friends who are veterans. The money raised by the Field of Honor will be donated to help active military families. The flags will fly until December 7th. President Barack Obama gave out a presidential proclamation and encouraged all Americans to celebrate the fine day by honoring all of those who sacrificed. American veterans and service men agree that it’s wonderful to have a day dedicated to them.
While Veteran’s Day is dedicated to honoring our service men and women, there are many things we can do to show our appreciation. People can simply fly a flag at their home, attend gatherings like parades, volunteer at a VA hospital or simply say “thank you” when you see former or active service men and women. We would not be where we are today without these brave, selfless men and women. Veterans Day is an important holiday to celebrate.